Supreme Court directs MHA to immediately provide 2 companies of CAPF for Tripura municipal polls

The bench directs the DGP and Tripura Home Secretary to immediately review the security arrangements during the municipal polls and make requisition to MHA for additional CAPF, if required

Supreme Court directs MHA to immediately provide 2 companies of CAPF for Tripura municipal polls

Photo for representation purposes. Tribune

New Delhi, November 25

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to provide two additional companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to secure every polling booth during the Tripura municipal polls.

The opposition Trinamool Congress and CPI (M) in the state told a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath that since the polling started in the morning, its candidates and supporters are not allegedly allowed to cast their votes and there is a serious breach of law and order.

The bench directed the DGP and Tripura Home Secretary to immediately review the security arrangements during the municipal polls and make requisition to MHA for additional CAPF, if required.

Each company of CAPF has 100 troops.

It directed the Tripura State Election Commissioner (SEC), DGP and home secretary to ensure polling booths are manned by sufficient CAPF personnel to ensure free and fair election and every polling official can take help of those personnel, if any exigency arises.

The bench noted that since the state government has submitted before the high court that there is no coverage of CCTV cameras in polling booths, it is allowing unhindered access of print and electronic media during the civic polls.

It clarified that CAPF personnel would remain deployed in securing the ballot boxes till counting of votes on November 28.

On November 23, the top court had refused the TMC's plea for postponing the municipal election in Tripura saying it is an “extreme recourse” and last resort to do in a democracy and passed a slew of directions to the state police to ensure free and fair election.

The top court was hearing a plea of TMC and intervention application of CPI (M) seeking direction to the Tripura government and other officials for ensuring free and fair election in the Municipal polls.

Polling began in the morning at 770 booths for the Tripura civic polls and the counting of votes will be held on November 28. PTI

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