Agartala, January 12, 2018: The Election Commission proposes to deploy a record 30,000 Central Para-Military Force (CPMF) personnel for next month’s assembly elections in Tripura, a top police officer said.
“The Election Commission has asked the Union Home Ministry to deploy around 30,000 (300 companies) CPMF personnel in Tripura for conduct of the assembly elections in the state next month. Therefore, the MHA has decided to deploy them well ahead of the polling day,” said the officer who does not wish to be identified.
He said: “The CPMF would comprise Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The CPMF troopers, led by senior officers, have started arriving from Friday. They would reach the state in a phased manner and would fan out across the state.”
The state already has over 35,000 security force personnel comprising state and CPMF, including BSF, CRPF and Tripura State Rifles.
During the last assembly elections in February 2013, around 20,000 CPMF personnel were deployed in the mountainous bordering state.
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TNT News with inputs from agencies