PATNA: Security has been tightened for the Bihar Assembly by-election from Fatuah on Thursday which would see a direct fight between the ruling Janata Dal (United) candidate Arun Manjhi and the Rashtriya Janata Dal-backed Lok Jan Shakti Party’s Punit Rai, a relative of LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan.

“District Armed Police (DAP), Bihar Military Police (BMP) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel would be deployed in all the 212 booths of the constituency,” District Magistrate (Patna) Jitendra Kumar Sinha said.

An estimated 2.21 lakh voters are eligible to participate in the balloting to decide the electoral fate of six candidates.

Mr. Sinha said patrolling would be intensified between polling centres and an eye would be kept on the trouble-makers during polls. Senior police officers would camp in the constituency to oversee the poll process, he said.

The seat fell vacant following the death of JD (U) MLA Saryug Paswan. It was expected that the JD (U) would field his widow Damayanti Devi, but the party opted for Arun Manjhi, a local social worker.

Angry over denial of JD (U) ticket, Damayanti entered the fray as the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate.

The Congress, which is alleged to have spoilt the prospects of the RJD-LJP combine in the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar, has fielded Dwarika Paswan. - PTI