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Kolkata: Amid the slugfest between Trinamool and the opposition parties over the Panchayat poll, employees of the Bengal government has now moved the Calcutta High Court demanding deployment of Central troops for the elections.

A union of the state government employees today filed a public interest litigation before the bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. The High Court has admitted the PIL and will take it up for a hearing next Friday, 20 April.

A leader of the union said that in the absence of Central forces during Panchayat and civic body elections, political leaders and miscreants hardly hesitate to flout norms and resort violence. This leaves the employees on poll duty in a situation where they can neither conduct the vote fairly nor ensure their own safety.

Hence, the union wants Central troops to accompany the election officials right from the time of going to polling stations to till the time they return to the EVM or ballot deposit centres.

The union had served a memorandum to the state election commissioner Amarendra Kumar Singh with the demand on 8 April but got no response. This has made them move the PIL in the High Court today.