Tripura to go for panchayat poll in 71% booths, security tightened up: DIG In-charge

AGARTALA:

With a total of 2321 candidates in fray for a total of 994 seats, The Tripura to go for poll for three tier panchayat on July 27. "Polling will now be held for 833 Gram Panchayats, 82 Panchayat Samiti and 79 Zilla Parishad," adding to this today, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) In-charge Arinda, Nath said, "Polling will be held on 71 per cent booths of the total of 1848 booths."

Entrusted by the state election commission, Mr. Nath was briefing the media here at Agartala Police headquarter today.

He informed, "A total of 1894 candidates are in fray in Gram Panchayat, 207 candidates for Panchayat Samiti and a total of 220 candidates are in fray for Zilla Parishad." He said in addition to this of the total 1848 booths where polling will be held on July 27, 1172 booths are declared as sensitive booths and rest 676 booths are declared as normal. However counting of votes will be held on July 31 as announced earlier.

"As part of police arrangements, securities have been tightened up across the state especially in the booths where polling three tier panchayats will be held. Moreover special security arrangements are done in the sensitive booths accordingly," adding to this today Mr. Nath said, "A total of 29 strong rooms are set-up mainly in blocks where the ballot papers to be used during the polling shall be kept. And all the strong rooms are guarding by TSR personnel."

On being asked about, Mr. Nath said, "No major incidents are reported following the poll or other issues after July 8."

Meantime, citing the issue of arrest being made by the police in different incidents, Mr. Nath told reporters, "A total of 6 CPI-M supporters were arrested on complaint of BJP supporters in Dharmanagar Masjid case, 10 BJP supporters were arrested on Congress complaint in Satchand block and a total of 5 congress supporters were arrested in Jirania for separate incident." He said, "A total of 32 persons were served notice in 17 different cases in the state."