Jammu & Kashmir

We are in talks with GoI for additional armed forces deployment ahead of polls: DGP Swain

Tight deployment of armed forces in Srinagar. [FPK Photo/ Kaisar Ali]

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) R R Swain on Sunday said that police are in touch with the government of India over the exact armed forces requirement and that it will ensure “optimum utilisation of forces” to provide safe and secure environment for peaceful elections.

“There are clear cut directions from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls in JK. We have to give a secure atmosphere and level playing field for the candidates and people who are eager to cast votes. We are in touch with GoI over the requirement of forces. More forces will come and those already here will be deployed,” the DGP told reporters on the sidelines of a public darbar at Doda district of Jammu.

He said that police will ensure optimum utilisation of forces to provide a safe and secure environment for peaceful elections, the JK police chief said. (KNO)

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