Tripura troopers to be deployed for Punjab, UP polls


Jan 14: For the upcoming elections, two battalions of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) will be deployed in the poll-bound Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, an official informed about the same on Saturday.

“Two battalions of TSR personnel led by Commandants Pinaki Samanta and Kerry Marak left here on Friday for Punjab,” a Tripura home department official told.

He said, “The TSR personnel would be posted in Punjab according to the direction of the Election Commission and after the Punjab assembly elections they would move to Uttar Pradesh.”

The request for the same was made by Union Home Ministry and the force has been sent to the two states.

“Besides providing security during Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010, the India Reserve (IR) battalions of TSR were earlier sent to Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Nagaland and Mizoram to provide security during polls,” the official said.

TSR battalions are trained in anti-insurgency operations and they were constituted in March 1984 to deal with terrorism. 75 per cent of the troopers is from Tripura while the remaining are from across the country.

There are 12 TSR battalions in the state, of which nine are India Reserve battalions, which means they can be deployed anywhere in India by the Home Ministry. The central government has approved the raising of three more TSR battalions.

“The TSR has been modelled on the pattern of Border Security Force and Assam Rifles. It has played an important role in curbing four and a half decades old terrorism in Tripura,” the official added.

Assembly elections in Punjab will take place on February 4 while Uttar Pradesh would go to the polls in seven phases between February 11 and March 8.

Wefornews Bureau

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