More CRPF coy for Tripura polls: DIG
Agartala : By Our Correspondent
As the state gets ready for assembly polls, more companies of Central Reserve Police Force are expected to arrive here by next couple of months to maintain law and order, said DIG CRPF (Agartala Group Center) Balaram Sil. Election Commission will then finalize the requirement.
“So far, the number of CRPF companies has not been fixed. The authorities will inform us on the deployment of companies of the CRPF, sought for maintaining law and order situation in the poll-bound state”, he added. Besides state police, several companies of para military forces would be deployed for smooth conduct of polling for the 60-member state assembly. Currently, the state has the strength of 3 battalions of CRPF.
“The CRPF battalions are deployed mainly in Dhalai, TTAADC areas and Ambassa”, stated the DIG. Following a restructuring exercise by the Election Commission, the number of polling booths here has gone up.
“The current strength is not enough for the polls as the state has been witnessing a series of incidents by militants over the past few months”, Sil claimed.
“The CRPF is ready to work in the militancy affected areas with state Police”, the DIG asserted, adding, “there are few trouble-torn areas in the interior parts”.
Sil maintained that the CRPF Agartala GC has got a new lethal weapon, which could prove to be a game changer in the fight against ultras, in its armory to take on the insurgents. “It will be effective for counterinsurgency and jungle warfare operations”, he opined.
“This force multiplier has instilled confidence and morale to the jawans”, the DIG said. The CRPF is not only the mainstay for anti-ultra operations but its personnel also render a host of internal security duties.