Cooch Behar: After in North Dinajpur on 2 April, polling officials today 5 April took to the streets in Cooch Behar demanding deployment of Central forces in every polling booth.
Cooch Behar and neighbouring Alipurduar Lok Sabha constituency are to vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on 11 April.
Although only six days to go for the polls, just three companies of Central forces have reached Cooch Behar so far.
Peeved at this, government employees requisitioned for polling duty resorted to agitations in various places in the towns of Cooch Behar, Mathabhanga, and Tufanganj.
The agitation forced the authorities to suspend a training session for the polling officials underway in different centres in the district.
At Gunjabari More in Cooch Behar town, the polling officials even blocked the road for some time to highlight their demand for Central forces.
The agitators said that they will not report to the polling booth unless and until an adequate number of Central force personnel accompanies them to the booths and remain deployed there.
Cooch Behar is the second district in the state where polling officials have resorted to agitation demanding deployment of Central forces.
Congress trade union wing INTUC backed Confederation of State Government Employees has already served a memorandum to the state chief electoral officer saying that the employees skip election duty unless the Election Commission ensures deployment of Central forces in every booth.