Three N-E state borders to be sealed for elections

February 04, 2013 - 12:14:02 am

Agartala: The international and national borders of three northeastern states which will see elections will be sealed to check the smuggling of arms, officials said yesterday.

The Election Commission has told the authorities to beef up border checks in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

“The Commission has directed all concerned to take all possible steps to seal the international borders besides deploying additional BSF and Assam Rifles troopers,” a poll panel official told IANS. 

Four northeastern states — Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam — share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh. Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh share a 1,640-km border with Myanmar.

Most of the international border is unfenced and runs through dense forests and mountainous, making it porous, vulnerable and advantageous for terrorists 

and others.

Tripura will elect a new assembly on February 14. Meghalaya and Nagaland will see elections on February 23. 

Tripura (856km) and Meghalaya (443km) border Bangladesh. Nagaland has a 215-km border with Myanmar.

The EC official said: “The borders of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland with other northeastern states would also be sealed to prevent interstate movement of criminals, militants and other armed goons. The poll panel has also formed flying squads to check illegal arms and distribution of money to woo voters. IANS