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60,000 security personnel to be moved to Gujarat for polls

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Over 60,000 security personnel from para-military and state police forces are to be deployed in for the upcoming assembly in the state.

Besides, the Centre has kept ready about 650 train coaches for the movement of these security personnel for poll duty in the state during the two-phase for the 182-seat assembly.

The 14th assembly is scheduled to be held on December 9 and December 14 this year.

The Centre has requisitioned 500 companies of central armed police and state police forces for the elections, according to a government source.

The 500 companies include 110 companies from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), 90 from (BSF), 80 from (CRPF), 40 from Railway Protection Force (RPF), 35 from (ITBP) and 34 companies from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

There are total 389 companies of central armed police forces and 121 companies of state police forces to be pressed into service during the two-phase assembly polls next month, the source said.

One company consists of 121 personnel which include cooks, drivers and other support staff required during the deployment.

The Railways has been asked to keep ready about 650 coaches for the movement of security personnel meant for poll duty in

Separate coaches for security personnel will be added in bound trains for their travel during the elections.

The para-military forces currently stationed in areas near are being requsitioned for duty. While some will move by road, the rest will travel by trains.

There are 43.3 million voters in and VVPAT-fitted EVMs will be used in the state at 50,128 polling stations in the 2017 elections, which is the first time that the entire state will see the implementation of VVPAT. The term of current assembly ends on January 22, 2018.

(Arun Kumar Das is a Delhi-based senior freelance journalist. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com)

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 15:46 IST
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