Tripura Director General of Police, Akhil Kumar Shukla Saturday said 64 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have arrived in the state for smooth and peaceful conduct of Lok Sabha elections. Tripura has two Lok Sabha seats - West Tripura and East Tripura, the elections for which would be held on April 11 and April 18 respectively. The DGP said the 856 km long border with Bangladesh would be sealed before the elections and BSF was asked to maintain a strict vigil along the border. BSF DIG and chief PRO of Tripura frontier, C L Belwa said, 18 battalions of BSF are posted in Tripura and border vigil was intensified in view of the elections.
Shukla said the CAPF personnel have been deployed in different parts of the state along with state police to provide security for smooth and peaceful conduct of parliamentary elections. The DGP told reporters that 180 Static Surveillance Teams (SST) and 180 Flying Squad teams (FST) are in position in different parts of the state to control any attempt of sabotage, detect movements of illegal items and also to look after other law and order related issues.
He said all the 23 candidates in the fray in the two constituencies have been given adequate security. The DGP said so far 1395 non-bailable and permanent warrants have been executed after the announcement of poll dates by Election Commission. "Nobody would be able to escape the Law. We have pasted the names of suspected criminals with warrants in different public places for awareness of the people," he said. So far 35 election related cases were registered, 23 accused were arrested, and notices were served to 62 persons, the DGP added.
(With inputs from agencies.)