Re-poll to be held under siege

Re-poll to be held under siege

Srinagar: Each of the 38 polling stations going for a re-poll will be guarded by two companies of government troops, one of police and the other of paramilitary CRPF. According to government officials, each company of police and CRPF comprises 100-120 personnel. This means that about seven-thousand police and paramilitary troops will be guarding the 38 polling stations.
JK Chief Electoral officer (CEO) Shantmanu said that on the day of the poll, the polling stations were guarded by a small number of government forces, less than 10 men at a polling station. “That is why violence was witnessed on Sunday,” the CEO said. “They were overpowered by the mob due to which the forces had to fire.”
Shantmanu said that the re-poll at all the 38 polling stations will be videographed and one micro-observer from the central government will be deputed at each polling station.
“The areas that will undergo polls would be completely under a heavy security cover. Three to four police officers who head the Kashmir districts will be deployed to supervise security,” said a police officer.
On Sunday, violence and pro-freedom protests marred the parliamentary polls in Srinagar constituency, claiming lives of eight civilians and injuring 150 others in firearm injuries. Seven killings occurred in Budgam district where almost all the polling stations going for re-poll are stationed.
“We won’t take any chances this time,” the police officer said. “We have brought three district SSPs and one additional SP to supervise the security of the polling stations,” he added.
In Budgam assembly segment, re-polling will be held in polling stations 22-Nusurullah Pora (B), 23-Nusurullah Pora (C), 28-Galwanpora (A), 30-Haripora, 32-Wara Sangam, 40-Soibug (H), 107-Putlibagh and 120-Galwanpora (B). In Beerwah assembly segment, the re-polling will be held in 15-Kanihama, 29-Badran (B), 34-Peerpora, 89-Sehpora and 94-Gundipora (A).
The re-polling will also be held in 7-Repora, 9-Gopal Saif (A), 16-Nowpora, 38-Chrar-i-Sharief (M), 86-Kanir (A), 87-Kanir (B), 90-Hushroo and 91-Wagam of Charar-e-Sharief assembly segment and in polling booth number 79-Kandora (B) of Khan Sahib assembly segment.

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