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First Batch of central forces to arrive by tomorrow in Bengal.

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 14 2019 8:03PM
First Batch of central forces to arrive by tomorrow in Bengal.
Kolkata, Mar.14 (HS): The first batch of central para military forces will arrive in West Bengal tomorrow to oversee the law and situation besides ensuring a free, fair and peaceful Lok Sabha elections in the state in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. According to state Chief Electoral Officer(CEO)Ariz Aftab, at least 15 companies of CRPF would arrive in North Bengal tomorrow which would be deployed for the first two rounds of polling on 11 and 18 April when the voters in five Lok Sabha constituencies would cast their ballots. Soon after their arrival these forces would be deployed in several North Bengal districts including those in Darjeeling,Jalpaiguri,Alipurduar and Cooch behar to conduct route matches there to instill confidence among the electorate. Except some reports of minor clashes and ransacking of some buildings and party offices in Coochbehar and Alipurduar districts during the last few days,causing damage to some property, there was no report of any major political clashes from anywhere, the CEO said that all steps had been taken to ensure fool proof security before,during and even after and till the entire election process was over. Replying to queries on the arrival of more para miIitary forces elsewhere in the state as demanded by all opposition parties in Bengal,the CEO without elaborating on the issue said they would come as and when required. On whether only CRPF or the Border Security Force(BSF) personnel would man the 77,000 odd polling stations in the state, as also demanded by BJP, Congress and the Left Front to ensure a free and fair polling, the CEO said the final decision in this regard would be taken by the Chief Election Commissioner(Sunil Arora)at ''appropriate time''. He,however,refused to draw himself in to any controversy when asked about the role of the state police force in the election programe and said no decision had yet been taken on the issue. About the Electronic Voting Machines(EVM) with the facility of VVPAT attached with them to ensure that votes were cast in accordance with the vote''s choice, the CEO said they were being readied with multiple tests conducted on them by engineers. No one should express any doubt about their usefulness,he said replying to another query. On the number of complaints filed by various individuals and political parties to his office since the elections were announced, he said more than 150 complaints were found baseless. Incidentally, two Lok Sabha seats of Coochbehar and Alipurduar would go to the polls on the opening day on 11 April, followed by three others on 18 April. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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