Border to be sealed for Tripura Tribal council polls

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 13:37

Agartala: To ensure smooth conduct of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections on May 3, the 856-km long Indo-Bangla border would be sealed from Friday.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC would be clamped in the border areas of the four districts while the international boundary would be sealed as a precautionary
measure to ensure elections to the 30-member tribal council went off peacefully, official sources said.

The BSF has also been asked to keep tight vigil to ensure no unwanted element could cross over to the state from the neighbouring country.

The Election Commissioner for the Tribal Council Y P Singh said more than 10,000 security personnel would be deployed in poll-related duties.

While the central paramilitary forces would be guarding the booths, the Tripura State Rifles would be deployed for patrolling the insurgency-hit far flung areas.
The employees on poll duties and the security forces would be covered by an insurance scheme for the risk factor, he said.

With many booths located in remote and hilly areas, difficult to reach on foot, the employees would be dropped by helicopters.
The TTAADC constitutes two-third of state territory and the tribals form one third population of Tripura.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 13:37

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