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Tripura's elite troopers to be deployed on poll duties in other states (Dangal 2019)

IANS  |  Agartala 

The elite State Rifles (TSR), which had earlier performed election duties in more than 12 states, besides at in New Delhi, would be deployed in some eastern states to facilitate peaceful elections, a senior said here on Saturday.

"After the elections in Tripura, two battalions of TSR would be deployed in some eastern states. The and the would soon decide their deployment," a senior told IANS.

The declining to be named, said that around 1,200 (two operational battalions) TSR troopers, led by senior officers, would be posted on election-related duties along with other Central Para-Military Forces (CPMF).

He said the has asked the government to send the TSR troopers for providing security during the electioneering as part of the central forces.

Besides providing security during in New Delhi, the Reserve (IR) battalions of TSR were earlier sent to Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand, and to the northeastern states, to provide security during assembly and elections.

The TSR, trained for counter-insurgency operations, was raised in March 1984 to deal with terrorism. Seventy-five percent of its personnel are from while the remaining are from across the country.

The TSR has 12 battalions, of which nine are IR battalions. The has recently sanctioned it two more IR battalions.

"The IR battalions can be posted anywhere in the country as and when the union Home Ministry asked the concerned state government," a said.

Meanwhile, the CPMFs deployed for the Lok Sabha elections in Tripura started arriving in the state from Friday night.

The official said that the had earlier sought 150 companies of CPMF, but the MHA refused to provide such a large number.

"We expect that around 60 companies of additional CPMFs are likely to be posted in Tripura," he added.

Of the state's two seats, West Tripura goes to the polls on April 11 and East Tripura on April 18.

(Sujit Chakraborty can be contacted at sujit.c@ians.in)

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:24 IST
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