Jammu & Kashmir

635 companies of armed forces will be deployed in JK ahead of LS polls

An old Kashmiri woman walks outside polling station in Kashmir amid massive deployment of armed forces personnel. [FPK File Photo]

Srinagar: A maximum of 635 armed forces companies of government of India (GoI) will be placed in Jammu and Kashmir for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, news agency PTI reported, citing officials. It said 920 companies of GoI forces will be deployed in West Bengal.

Earlier today, the Election Commission (EC) sought 3.4 lakh Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel for deployment in a phased manner during the Lok Sabha election and Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.

The EC also sought adequate rolling stocks with all appropriate facilities in the trains, thereby ensuring hassle-free mobilisation and a timely movement of the forces to perform election duties. 

In a communication to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the EC said the chief electoral officers of all the states and Union territories have requested for the deployment of CAPFs for poll-related duties, such as area domination, confidence-building measures, poll day-related duties, guarding of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and strong room centres, counting centre security etc. during the elections.

The commission has considered the requests made by the state CEOs and decided to deploy a maximum of around 3,400 companies of CAPFs in all states and Union Territories in a phased manner to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, the communication said.

A CAPF company comprises around 100 personnel. A maximum of 920 companies of CAPFs are expected to be deployed in West Bengal in a phased manner, followed by 635 companies in Jammu and Kashmir, 360 companies in Chhattisgarh, 295 companies in Bihar, 252 companies in Uttar Pradesh and 250 companies each in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Punjab.

The CAPFs are the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and National Security Guard (NSG).

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