Bangladesh deploys troops ahead of polls

December 20th, 2008 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Dec 20 (DPA) Military troops fanned out across Bangladesh Saturday to assist in maintaining law and order for the Dec 29 parliamentary polls to return the south Asian nation to democracy, officials said.The deployment was made four days ahead of an earlier announced date, in the wake of withdrawal of state of emergency Dec 17, the country’s Chief Election Commissioner A.T.M. Shamsul Huda said.

As many as 51,000 army troops will be deployed in addition to police during and after the elections, commission officials said.

One battalion of 800 troops will be deployed in each of the 64 districts for 12 days after the election.

“The armed forces will assist other law enforcement agencies in keeping law and order if returning officers seek their assistance,” the commission said.

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