New Delhi,Jan 21(Agencies):The Special Observers deputed to West Bengal to make an independent assessment of law and order
on Friday briefed the Election Commission on the situation in the state.
    
The six-member team headed by the Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar Sudhir Kumar Rakesh gave a detailed account of the ground situation in the state ahead of the assembly elections there, EC sources said.
    
However,there was no official word on the briefing which took place soon after a delegation of Left parties complained to the poll panel about the "active connivance" between Trinamool Congress and Maoists.
    
Despite improvement in the situation,"significant challenges remain for the holding of peaceful, free and fair elections,given the spree of violence let loose by Trinamool Congress with the active connivance of the Maoists," the four parties told the EC top brass in a memorandum here.

 CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury who was part of the Left parties delegation, said, "We told the EC that it was an unprecedented move (to send the team) when elections are yet to be declared."
 

 The EC team toured Nadia, North and South 24-Paragans, Howrah,Hooghly, East and West Midnapore, Burdwan, Purulia and Birbhum Districts and spoke to a cross-section of people.
    
Other members of the team were Zaki Ahmed and PRK Naidu,both DIGs of the National Crime Records Bureau, DK Pandey, ADG Jharkhand, V S Reddy, DIG Andhra Pradesh and PS
Rampassi, DIG Orissa.
    
The decision to send a team was taken in the wake of representations from several political parties who met the EC officials here and in Kolkata recently and media reports on
the political violence in the state.
    
West Bengal is witnessing a spate of violence in the past few months, including Maoist violence and clashes between Trinamool Congress and Left parties.