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Call to boycott polls, Security beefed up

Written by: Staff

Coochbehar, Apr 25 : Paramilitary forces were asked to beef up patrolling in this remotest district of West Bengal bordering Bangladesh as Greater Coochbehar Organisation (GCO) demanding separate state, called the people to boycott assembly polls.

The also threatened to resort to hunger strike from May 5, just three days before the fifth and final phase of elections on May 8 in north Bengal.

Police and Intelligence were constantly monitoring the situation after the GCO's threatens.

Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) Kishan Lal Meena told UNI today that they were worried about GCO's activities in the district.

The organisation this time urged the people to boycott the polls for strengthening the cause of the greater coochbehar state.

Superintendent of Police (Coochbehar) Jagmohan said security has been tightened to prevent any untoward incidents during the election.

He also said security has been beefed up in the bordering areas of Bangladesh and Asom.

Coochbehar shares about 550 Kms border area with Bangladesh and 45 kms with Asom.

In Darjeeling which also goes poll in the last phase of elections has altogehter 1196 polling booths across the district which has both plains and hilly terrain, according to District Magistrate Ariz Aftab.

''There are also many sensitive booths. Therefore, para-military forces would be deployed in all the booths. We are keeping touch with the police and EC bbservers to sort out the sensitive booth locations,'' he added.


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