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Militant violence ancipated in Tripura

More than 53,000 securitymen, including CRPF, Assam Rifles, BSF and Army have been deployed in the state to ensure peaceful polls.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2003 18:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Adequate security arrangements have been made in Tripura to ensure free and fair elections to the sixty-member Assembly on Wednesday. Authorities fear violence on polling day on Wednesday.

Official sources on Tuesday said over 53,000 security personnel, including CRPF, Assam Rifles, BSF, Army and Tripura Police, have been deployed across the state to ensure a peaceful poll.

Sixty-three BSF companies, including 19 additional companies, were deployed along the 856 km Indo-Bangla international border to abort any attempt by insurgents, having base camps in Bangladesh, to enter the state on the eve of the elections.

Security forces were also working to flush out ultras from hilly, interior and vulnerable areas, they said.

Four helicopters have been pressed into service to maintain a vigil in the insurgency prone parts of the state, they added.

As many as 19,35,143 voters -- 10,02,152 males and 9,32,991 females, are expected to exercise their franchise at the 2372 polling stations in the state in Wednesday's polls.

The sources said 124 polling stations have been marked "hyper-sensitive", 353 as "very sensitive" and 412 as "sensitive".

A total of 13,800 employees engaged in election work, besides 14,000 security force personnel, have been brought under an insurance cover of national insurance company, sources added.

First Published: Feb 25, 2003 18:25 IST