Uttarakhand News

105 companies of paramilitary forces to be appointed in Uttarakhand Assembly Elections

To ensure tight security during Assembly Elections in Uttarakhand, a total of 105 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) will be deployed across the state on February 15, 2017. Out of these 105 authorised companies around, 35 have already been deployed in the state. While the remaining 70 will take their position on Sunday evening after the first phase of polls in UP have been executed successfully.

A company of paramilitary forces consists of 100 personnel and a battalion includes around 1000 personnel. As per the authorities, about seven to twelve paramilitary personnel will be deployed in each polling station that falls under the vulnerable category. The CMPFs personnel will be an integral part of the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) formed at each police station level in the state.

Uttarakhand chief electoral officer (CEO) Radha Raturi said, “After finishing their poll duty in Uttar Pradesh, the CPMFs will start reaching Uttarakhand by Sunday. The 70 paramilitary companies will be deployed across Uttarakhand for ensuring trouble free polls”.

During the last Assembly Elections, Uttarakhand was backed up by 75 companies of CPMFs from the Election Commission of India. While this year, additional 30 companies have been assigned to look after every little activity during the Uttarakhand polls. The CPMF will guard all the 975 odd vulnerable polling stations in the state along with manning the 80 inter-state barrier checkpoints for restricting the anti-social elements from entering into the state. Also, the paramilitary personnel will be present in 140 trouble-prone areas of Uttarakhand.

“Extensive patrolling would be carried out in the vulnerable areas in the last 72-hours before the polls. Strict vigil would be maintained to check the illicit distribution of cash, liquor and other freebies. The international and inter-state borders would be sealed and checking intensified to prevent entry of disruptive elements,” said Deepam Seth, inspector general of police (IG) law and order and police nodal officer for elections.