41 companies of para-military forces for WB civic polls

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 22:46

Kolkata: West Bengal will have deployment of
41 companies of para-military forces during the forthcoming
municipal elections in the state, DGP Bhupinder Singh said
on Tuesday.

"An additional five companies of forces will arrive from
Tamil Nadu. With this, there will be 41 companies of forces
for the municipal elections," Singh told reporters after a
meeting with State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey on
security arrangements during the elections.
The forces would arrive in the state by May 26 and the
State Election Commissioner would take a decision on
deployment on the basis of reports from election observers, he
said.

Earlier, the state government had requested the Centre
for 132 companies of para-military forces during the
elections.

While it would not be possible to deploy para-military
personnel at all booths, at least one armed guard would
be kept at each polling booth, he said, pointing out there
would not be more than three booths in a polling station.

He said there would be a five-tier security check system
and added that "virtual sub-divisions" by merging two police
stations would be created in big sub-divisions which have a
large number of municipalities.

He said the police have already started making preventive
arrests and senior officials would be sent to the police
stations a week ahead of the elections to strengthen the
morale of personnel.
Meanwhile, IGP (Law and Order) Surjit Kar Purakayastha
said all booths in 30 municipalities have been identified as
hyper-sensitive.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 22:46

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