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Security beefed up for village committee elections in Tripura

Written by: Staff

Agartala, Mar 2 (UNI) Security measures have been tightened in Tripura's Dhalai and south district keeping in view the village committee elections to be held tomorrow.

Additional companies of para-military forces have been deployed in the two districts in addition to the existing forces to foil any attempt by the militants, who had been operating from their hideouts in Bangladesh, to disrupt tomorrow's poll.

Official sources said the Border Security Force had been asked to seal the border with Bangladesh in view of the elections.

Helicopters have also been pressed into service for air surveillance on the militants of the outlawed outfits.

Prohibitory orders under 144 Cr PC act have been promulgated in the sensitive and vulnerable areas. Patrolling by the para-military forces have been intensified in areas where the militants have been active for quite sometime.

The militants had become active before the village committee election and carried out several subversive activities killing at least six people, including four security personnel, in the past one month.

Over 4,000 candidates have been vying for 1563 seats in the second phase of election. The poll results will be announced on March 6.


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