Kolkata: Security arrangements are being put in place for the coming sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections especially in West Bengal which has been riddled with poll-related violence. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
IG CRPF(West Bengal) S Ravindran told ANI on Thursday, “Taking into consideration past poll violence and that the eight constituencies going to vote are in Left-wing extremist areas, around 602 Central Armed Police Forces are being deployed. Also, 112 state armed police from different states are being deployed.”
He added, “To instil confidence in voters, we are deploying around 547 quick action teams headed by company commanders and 108 additional quick action teams headed by ad hoc commandants and two ICs. This additional reinforcement is in addition to the mandatory quick reaction teams.”
In the fifth phase this Monday, EC officials had said there were multiple incidents of violence including clashes between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers.
A scuffle had broken out between BJP’s Barrackpore candidate Arjun Singh and TMC workers who had visited a booth following allegations that voters were not being allowed to exercise their franchise. Three mediapersons were injured in the clashes.
A few CPI(M) workers were also assaulted and two people injured. There were two other incidents in Howrah and Hooghly. The
overall turnout in seven constituencies in West Bengal was 74.5 per cent as compared to 81.4 per cent in 2014.