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Security for TWU polls

Jamshedpur, July 19: The district administration has ensured strict security arrangements for a smooth Tata Workers’ Union (TWU) election to be held on Tata Steel works premises on Monday.

More than 400 officials and 250 security personnel have been deployed for the election. Fire brigade trucks of Tata Steel and one riot control vehicle would also be pressed into service on that day.

“The administration has deputed 22 magistrates to supervise the polling and counting process in Tata Steel. Besides, 30 police officers would be present at the spot,” said additional deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer H.N. Ram.

Tight security would be present outside Steelanium Hall where counting will take place, later i n the evening.

Ram said that four sections of armed guard, 16 police officers and 20 constables would be on guard at the hall and four other places on company’s premises where voting would take place.

No union member would be allowed to remain near the counting booths after casting their votes. Moreover, voters and election officials would be frisked at six gates.

“Though there is no initial threat assessment, we have decided to be safe. Since the administration has been given the responsibility to conduct a fair election, we have left nothing to chance,” said Ram.

So, an equal number of officers from the district and Tata Steel have been appointed for the election. The process for both TWU and supervisory unit of union would be held from 7am to 4pm.

Counting would start from 5pm and should be over by 9pm. Soon after counting, newly elected union members would elect executive committee officials and results would be out by midnight.

Meanwhile, both ruling and rival factions today hoped to emerge as the victorious side. President Raghunath Pandey claimed that 170 of his supporters would win the election and he would return to power with a clear majority. Leading the rival faction, B.K. Dinda also maintained that his supporters would win not less than 125 sets in the election that has 214 constituencies in all.

The earlier election, which started on May 5, was cancelled after the state labour commissioner directed the district administration on June 19 to conduct fresh election by July 22.

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