Poll lax: Ranpur addl tehsildar suspended

Bhubaneswar: Anil Patnaik, the additional tehsildar of Ranpur, has been suspended for irregularities in the seat reservation in the civic body polls which necessitated rescheduling of elections.

Patnaik was suspended after the Nayagarh collector issued notices to tehsildar Pratibha Sahoo, who was the electoral officer, and Patnaik over the alleged irregularities.

Earlier, the State Election Commission R.N. Senapati decided to reschedule polls to Ranpur Notified Area Council (NAC) after anomalies were found in seat reservation.

Originally planned to be held on April 7, the elections to the Ranpur NAC will now be held on May 5.