Agartala: With less than a week left for the three-tier panchayat polls, adequate security arrangements have been made in the state for conducting smooth, free and fair polls on July 27.
Polling will start at 7 am and end at 4 pm on that day. Counting of votes will be held on July 31.
Addressing a press conference at the police headquarters in Agartala, deputy inspector general of police Arindam Nath said: “About 6,000 Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans will be deployed in addition to 3,000 Tripura police personnel, while 17 companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will look after the law and order situation.”
In all, there are 2,615 booths, of which, polling will be held in 1,848 booths, including 275 in North Tripura district, 141 in Khowai, 343 in West Tripura, 268 in Gomati, 367 in South Tripura, 239 in Unakoti, 213 in Sepahijala, and two in Dhalai.
“Out of 1,848 booths, 676 booths are marked normal and 1,172 as sensitive. In the normal booths, three armed personnel of Tripura Police will be deployed, while in the sensitive booths, four armed personnel will be deployed. There will be 29 strong rooms, where TSR personnel will be deployed. On the day of polling, 138 mobile police units will be there,” Nath said.
The police would also provide security to 225 civil sector officers, 37 returning officers and assistant returning officers and 32 observers.
DIG Nath also informed that the poll campaign is going on peacefully and they have not received any such major complaints.
“In political violence, as of 20 July, we have registered 17 cases. During these incidents, 10 BJP, six CPM, nine Congress and six independent supporters have been injured. In all these cases, arrest has been made in three cases in Dharmanagar in North Tripura district. On the complaint of the BJP, we have arrested six CPM supporters. In one case in Sathchad block in Sabroom area of South Tripura district, on the complaints of Congress party, 10 BJP supporters were arrested. In addition, we have also served notices to 32 persons,” he told reporters.
Voting will be done in ballot papers — in white colour for gram panchayat seats, pink colour for panchayat samitis and green colour for zilla parishads would be used. Counting would be held at the block headquarters on July 31.
Earlier, IGP Puneet Rastogi had informed that there would be 12,000 Tripura police personnel, 39 platoons of CRPF and 18 companies of BSF would be deployed during the election for maintaining law and order and smooth conduct of elections.