Apart from a few stray incidents, deployment of security force to restrict entry of outsiders from Odisha and Jharkhand following Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy’s request to the Election Commission has helped in a peaceful election on Monday.
It may be mentioned that Roy went to the office of the Election commission on Sunday and urged to deploy security personnel to restrict the entry of outsiders from the neighbouring districts.
Sources said that the Roy had moved to the Election Commission after receiving information that CPI(M) and Congress had plans to bring in goons to create disturbance during Monday’s election to prevent electorates from turning to booths.Soon after receiving the complaint, immediate steps were taken by the Election Commission to contact the district superintendent of police asking them to tighten up the security arrangements in the areas bordering the state with Jharkhand and Odisha. There was no complaint of outsiders creating trouble was lodged with the commission.
It is learnt that additional security forces were deployed. The security personnel patrol the area since last night and checked all the vehicles passing the area or entering the state. The patrolling and checking of vehicles continued till evening. The vigil is on to avoid entry of miscreants. It has been alleged that plan to bring in goons from the adjacent states were chalked knowing that win would next to impossible without creating trouble during the election. According to the sources in the state police, the excerice of goons entering the state during the elections is not new. It was quite rampant during the erstwhile Left Front government. In a bid to unleash terror entering from Jharkhand and Odisha, local CPI(M) leaders resided them in their houses in Midnapore.