Two further firms of CAPF (central armed police forces) needs to be deployed in Tripura “as expeditiously as possible”, the Supreme Court mentioned this morning, amid claims by opposition events that employees of the ruling BJP have been harassing and intimidating voters within the northeastern state.
Tripura is holding civic physique polls at this time, voting for which started at 7 am.
However, the opposition, together with the Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M) have alleged BJP employees are bullying their candidates, in addition to not permitting all voters to enter polling cubicles. Gangs with masked faces are going door to door warning voters to remain dwelling, the events alleged.
One video tweeted by the Trinamool exhibits a person in a black shirt openly strolling as much as a girl making an attempt to vote. He leans over the cardboard display that’s supposed to offer the voter privateness, and appears to press a button on the EVM, after which the lady simply walks away.
“In such circumstances we direct the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) to deploy 2 additional companies of CAPF (Central Armed Police Force) as expeditiously as possible, having due regard to the fact the polling has commenced, so polling can take place without disruption,” the courtroom mentioned.
“SEC shall ensure every polling booth is manned by sufficient members of CAPF armed personnel to ensure free and fair elections,” the courtroom added.
Earlier, senior advocate Gopal Shankaranarayanan mentioned: “Voting has started (and) in the last two-and-a-half hours itself we got several videos showing outsiders barging inside booths.”
“What is going on is absolute terrorism. I have videos to prove what I am saying. But I am not in a position to show the videos to the bench…” he mentioned.
Mr Shankaranarayanan requested the courtroom to order the deployment of further forces.
Senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani (showing for the Tripura authorities) mentioned: “Polling going on absolutely peacefully. Only hindrances are the petitioners and the intervenors.”
“Instead of doing the anti-mortem and post-mortem now, we’ll now direct MHA to immediately deploy 2 additional companies of any central armed forces,” the courtroom declared.