Centre to send additional para-military forces for polls in Jammu and Kashmir

October 28th, 2008 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Oct 28 (ANI): The Centre will send 452 para-military companies during the seven-phased elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda, “The Centre has given consent for the sanction of 452 additional para-military companies for security duties in connection with assembly elections in the state.”
The para-military companies, which will be sent for election duties in the state, would be drawn from the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Special Services Bureau (SSB), the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF).
The state government had made a demand for 625 companies of security forces for election duty in the state.
There are 8109 polling stations in the state and they would be guarded as per their specifications of sensitive and hyper-sensitive nature.
Three-tier security will be made at sensitive places like venues of election rallies and all candidates will get security in the Kashmir valley and troubled areas of Jammu region.
The seven-phase assembly polls starting on November 17 in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to draw over 65 lakh voters at 8,000 polling stations in the state. (ANI)

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