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Tripura troopers to be deployed for WB polls
Published on 20 May. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Troopers of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) who played a key role in curbing terrorism in the northeastern state would be deployed in West Bengal to conduct free and fair elections to civic bodies, officials said here Wednesday.
The election to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and 81 other municipalities in West Bengal will be held May 30.
“Ten companies of TSR comprising 800 troopers would leave Tripura Thursday. They would stay in Bengal till the end of the election process,” a senior police officer told IANS.
According to the officer, the TSR troopers led by their commandant Bharat Paul would be deployed in different parts of Bengal. The TSR was constituted in 1984 to counter terrorism in the northeastern state -- 75 percent of its troopers are from Tripura while the remaining are from across the country.
At present, there are 12 TSR battalions while one more is being raised.
Of the 13 battalions, nine are Indian Reserve battalions-category which means they could be deployed anywhere in India.

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