Srinagar: The Election Commission of India has sought an unprecedented 74,000 paramilitary personnel from the Centre for deployment during the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll on May 25, NDTV reported on Friday.
The Commission has conveyed to the Home Ministry that 740 companies of paramilitary forces should be put at its disposal by May 12, report quoting official sources said.
A company comprises around 100 paramilitary personnel.
The demand seemed unprecedented as the poll body had sought 70,000 paramilitary forces for deployment in the recently concluded Assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh which has 403 Assembly constituencies and 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Earlier, the Commission had sought 30,000 paramilitary personnel for the by-poll to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats.
While polling in Srinagar was held on April 9 amidst massive violence, polling for Anantnag, which was scheduled for April 12, was postponed till May 25.