The Border Security Force have been ordered to intensify patrols along the 856km India-Bangladesh border in Tripura to prevent anti-government elements and militants from crossing over from Bangladesh, ahead of the Tripura Legislative Assembly elections slated for Feb 2018.
Senior BSF officers confided that Tripura’s Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanta held a meeting with top BSF officials including the inspector general of Tripura Frontier regarding border security. Taranikanta later told reporters that all polling stations along the border were mapped using GPS.
He said: “47 new polling booths have been set up for the convenience of voters living in remote areas across the state,” added the CEO.
Sources in the state Election Department said that Indian voters living on the other side of the barbed-wire fencing along the border would also be able to submit their votes.