Security forces arriving at poll-bound Tripura

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Agartala, Feb 10 (UNI) As many as 44 companies of the BSF have reported at the Central Training Institute (CTI) here for election-related duties so far while 160 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF), including the BSF, CRPF, SSB and ITBP, were expected to reach the state by the next couple of days.

State home department officials said here today that the Union Home Ministry had sanctioned 40 more companies of the BSF, along with other CMPF, including Tripura State Rifles (TSR), to ensure free and fair elections on February 23.

Meanwhile, BSF officials said additional companies of security forces would be engaged only in election-related duties and after completion of the elections, they would leave the state. However, the existing 15 battalions of BSF personnel, deployed along the Indo-Bangla border, would remain in place.

''We have enough strength along the border to foil intrusion bids by militants or anti-social elements from across the border,'' BSF DIG A K Singh said, adding that BSF personnel had been guarding the border for the past few years.

He also confirmed that BSF jawans had foiled the bid of digging a tunnel across the fence at Krishnatilla in Kamalpur subdivision on February six and it was suspected that insurgents had constructed the tunnel under the barbed wire fencing to sneak into the Indian territory.

Meanwhile, state election authorities confirmed that additional 200 CMPF companies would be coming in Tripura.

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