41 companies of para-military forces for WB civic polls
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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.


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

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