Agartala: In a shocking incident, a female voter was allegedly attacked and molested while she arrived to cast her right.
In another incident, in another booth, an old woman had come to give vote, came with her family. But she was stopped from entering the centre. Angered by it, she strongly protested and made it a point that no one could stop her from giving vote. The BJP worker was accused in this case.
In the third incident, another female voter was being stopped. But her strong protests drove the accused away. The BJP workers were again accused in this case. All the three incidents have become viral in the social media.
In the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, Tripura was marred by sporadic incidents. In every case, the ruling BJP has been accused in the case. Apart from these, clashes also broke out between the oppositions CPM and Congress. The voters have also filed complaint with the Election Commission as several female voters were attacked.
The stage has been set for over 13 lakh voters to exercise their franchise for the West Tripura Lok Sabha seat which has gone to polls on Thursday.
Chief Electoral Officer, Sriram Taranikanti said, elections would begin at 7 am and would continue till 5 pm and adequate security arrangements have been made.
The CEO said 13,47,381 voters including 6,82,044 male and 6,65,327 female voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 1679 polling stations of the constituency.
“Adequate security measures have been taken, 99 per cent voters have received their voter slips, 30 polling stations would be fully manned by women and a total of 3030 postal ballots have been cast so far for the West Tripura parliamentary constituency,” Mr Taranikanti told reporters.
Altogether, 13 candidates including BJP’s Pratima Bhowmick, CPI(M) nominee Shankar Prasad Datta and Subal Bhowmick of the Congress are in the fray.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri have campaigned in the state. Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said 64 companies of Central Arms Police Forces (CAPFs) have been deployed in different areas of the state along with state police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) for the first phase of the polls.
The DGP said since the declaration of the poll schedule 1570 non-bailable and permanent warrants have been executed, 60 election related cases were registered, 44 accused persons arrested.
Mr Shukla said the BSF has sealed 856 km long Indo-Bangla international border in Tripura so that no untoward elements could enter into Indian territory to carry out any subversive activity.
He said 21 polling stations were identified as vulnerable and 111 as critical in West Tripura constituency.
Tripura has two Lok Sabha seats – West Tripura and East Tripura. Election to the East Tripura seat will be held on April 18 during the second phase.