250 extra companies of CRPF for polls

250 extra companies of CRPF for polls

Srinagar: More than 250 extra companies of paramilitary forces are likely to be deployed in two parliamentary constituencies – Srinagar and Anantnag – as a security measure for the upcoming by polls, official sources said.
According to a senior Central Reserve Police Force official, the government has made a requisition to the Home ministry for the additional companies to be deployed in the areas where polling is scheduled in as many as 3194 polling stations on April 9 and 12.
The decision to beef up security vigil in the state has been taken in view of the apprehensions in the security establishment of a possible militant attack as polling days near.
“Each polling station will have at least one or two CRPF units each comprising seven to eight personnel,” the official added.
“Also, one or two units may not be enough in case a mob attempts to disrupt the polling,” said the official, adding more deployment will be spread across the constituencies to allow a free movement of participants in the polling.
The polling is expected to take place in as many as 1559 polling booths in Srinagar constituency and about 1600 polling booths in Anantnag constituency. As majority of the polling stations in poll-bound areas have been categorized either as ‘sensitive’ or ‘hypersensitive’, the forces are deliberating over the completion of a full-fledged blueprint for the smooth conduct of elections.
Besides, securing polling stations, the deployment will also be across the valley and the CRPF personnel are expected to assist the state police in maintaining a ‘fair atmosphere’ for the polls.
According to a police official, the authorities have also deployed nearly 25 companies of armed police in both these constituencies for the smooth conduct of elections.

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