Azad is a 1994 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. By-elections will be held in Bhawanipur along with two assembly seats of Murshidabad district — Shamsherganj and Jangipur — on September 30. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting the by-election from Bhawanipur.
The Election Commission has also appointed two senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers — G Prakash and S Choklingam as general observers for Shamsherganj and Jangipur constituencies respectively, the official said. Prakash 2000 and Chokalingam are 1996 batch IAS officers of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra cadre respectively.
The counting of votes in these three seats will be held on October 3.