West Bengal’s Raiganj to turn fortress on polling day

Central Armed Police Forces

Kolkata: The highest deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel will be in Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal, where polling will be held in the second phase on April 26.

The three constituencies of North Dinajpur district are Raiganj, Darjeeling and Balurghat.

Sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said, “At present there are 303 companies of CAPFs in West Bengal. Of these, 272 companies will be deployed in the three Lok Sabha constituencies.”

According to the report, the maximum number of 111 companies will be deployed in Raiganj, one of the three Lok Sabha constituencies. 88 companies will be deployed in Darjeeling and 73 in Balurghat.

Of the 111 companies to be deployed for Raiganj, the maximum deployment will be for Islampur assembly constituency.

“There are several reasons to put Raiganj under special scrutiny, as the Election Commission (ECI) did in the case of Cooch Behar in the first phase on April 19,” sources said.

It has been revealed that out of 1,730 polling booths in Raiganj, 418 booths (24 per cent) are highly sensitive. This figure is higher than in Darjeeling, where 20 percent of the booths are extra sensitive. In the case of Balurghat this figure is 19 percent.

In the first phase, 100 percent polling stations were covered under web-casting and the same will be followed in the second phase. Through this web-casting, CEO office officials will be able to directly monitor the developments at the polling stations from their control room.


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