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Ec Avoids CISF Deployment in Sitalkuchi Due to 2021 Firing Incident

Following the tragic incident during the 2021 assembly polls in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar district, where four individuals lost their lives in a firing incident involving CISF personnel, the Election Commission has opted not to deploy any CISF personnel in the area. This decision stems from a thorough evaluation of the situation, leading to the conclusion that BSF, CRPF, or ITBP forces will be assigned to specific booths instead.

The unfortunate incident occurred three years ago on April 10, 2021, near booth number 126 of Jorpatki in Sitalkuchi. Ahead of the upcoming polls, stringent security measures have been put in place to prevent any potential disturbances to law and order on polling day. To bolster security, 4,500 state police personnel will augment the 112 companies of central forces in Cooch Behar, effectively doubling the force presence compared to other districts set for elections on April 19.

In addition to Cooch Behar, similar security arrangements are being made in other districts. Alipurduar will see 2,454 state police officers working alongside 63 central force companies, while Jalpaiguri will have the deployment of 75 central force companies and 3,077 state police personnel. These measures aim to ensure a secure environment for the electoral process and the safety of all involved stakeholders.


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