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'Security of polling personnel on EC radar'

Security of polling personnel on EC radar

BALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.

According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India.

Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here.

District Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: "In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here."

The election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur).

Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any

political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues.

District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district.

A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district.

The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations.

An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur.

Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places.

Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.

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