Silchar, March 15: In view of the coming Assembly elections, a review meeting of civil officials of the Lakhipur sub division and the police personnel of Lakhipur, Jirighat, Joypur and Banskandi posts was held in the office of the SDO (Civil) and in-charge ADC, T T D Daulagupu. Besides SDO (Civil), others present at the meeting included SDPO Jyoti Ranjan th and magistrates Pradip Kumar Gupta and Yaudul Islam Laskar. In order to hold the elections in a free and fair manner, T T D Daulagupu said constant monitoring of the situation in the most sensitive sub division of Lakhipur is of prime importance.
Significantly, this sub division is strategically located on the border with Manipur where militants are still active, though subdued. In the past, there have been incidents during the polls when extremists sneaked into the sub division and created law and order situation, besides playing overt or covert role in favour of a party. The district administration of Cachar has identified Lakhipur as ‘expenditure sensitive’ and needs to be kept on watch to prevent any unlawful activities including distribution of cash and liquor to influence the voters, particularly in the tea belts.
There are 176 polling stations in the sub division with 1.41 lakh voters. The police officers are advised by SDO (Civil) to maintain patrol duty at strategic points and sensitive areas. It has been decided that the mobile patrol along NH 7 and the roads has started under SDPO of the sub division. Since the strictness of Election Commission of India to enforce ‘Model Code of Conduct’ and to make foolproof security arrangements in and around the polling booths, the incidents of booth capturing, rigging and other malpractices have virtually come to an end.