3-tier forces cover for poll areas

Srinagar: A three-tier security arrangement will be put in place in two poll-bound parliamentary seats, Srinagar and Anantnag, officials said.
While security agencies are still reviewing the overall measures to be taken for the polling days, the authorities have so far decided to call more paramilitary troopers to intensify vigil in poll-bound areas.
According to a senior CRPF official posted in Srinagar’s Down Town area, the three-tier security is aimed at securing the polling staff, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the voters.
“One or two CRPF sections will be deployed in polling stations to secure the perimeter and also instil confidence among the voters,” the official said.
The official added the strength of sections may vary from place to place and the nature of a polling booth.
Besides securing the polling stations, the forces have also planned to provide extra cover to locals in the two constituencies by deploying Quick Action Teams (QAT) and create several checkpoints and nakas around to avoid any law and order situation.
Almost all of the 3194 polling booths across two parliamentary constituencies have been categorized as either ‘sensitive or hypersensitive’ throwing up a challenge for security establishment in the wake of massive civil unrest last year. A majority of these poll-bound areas were worst effected during the unrest.
So far as many as 38 extra companies of paramilitary forces have been made available against the state government’s demand of as many as 254 extra CRPF companies. The final decision is yet to be made, sources told Reader.