Director general of police Akhil Kumar Shukla addressing a press conference at the police headquarters in Agartala on Friday evening Credit: EastMojo  Image

Agartala: An adequate number of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) has been deployed in addition to state police and Tripura State Rifles in Tripura in order to ensure that polls are conducted in a free and fair manner, said director general of police Akhil Kumar Shukla in Agartala on Friday evening.

Addressing a press conference at the police headquarters in Agartala, Shukla said that 64 companies of CAPF personnel, in addition to state police, have been deployed across the state. “In addition, 180 members of the static surveillance team (SST) and 180 of the flying squad team (FST) have been deployed.”

The DGP also informed that after the declaration of the election on March 10 this year, around 1,400 people were arrested against whom warrants were pending and efforts are on to arrest 4,200 more offenders.

“In order to hold free, fair and violence-free elections, the police department would display the names and antecedents of criminals in the public places, against whom the arrest warrants are pending,” said Shukla.

He also said: “Around 35 cases related to elections and poll violence were registered across the state. Altogether, 23 persons were nabbed. The police have also served notices to 62 people involved in the cases registered with the police for further investigation.”

He also urged the people, especially the youth, to not get involved in rumour mongering and stop spreading any fake news over the Internet. He also said that vigilance around the international borders will be increased. The borders will remain sealed during the poll days of the state and neighbouring Mizoram.

The Tripura police have also released the toll-free helpline number 15103 for the people of the state in case of any emergency during polls to contact the police directly.

Parliamentary elections in the two Lok Sabha constituencies of the state — while 13 candidates are in fray for West Tripura, 10 are contesting for the East Tripura (ST Reserve) — would be held on April 11 and 18, respectively.

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