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Heavy police deployment in Maharashtra for counting of votes

india Updated: Oct 21, 2009 18:56 IST

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Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Maharashtra for tomorrow's counting of votes to elect a 288-member Assembly with over 1.29 lakh state police and central para-military personnel being deployed to ensure peace and order.

Director General of Police in-charge of elections, A N Roy, told PTI that adequate number of Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) have been deployed, mainly in naxal-infested districts like Gadchiroli, to assist the police at 256 counting centres across the state.

Strict vigil would be maintained and only authorised persons would be allowed to enter the counting centres that would be guarded by adequate number of armed policemen, Roy said.

"80 per cent of the total 1.62 lakh state police would be on election duty," Roy said.

"There are a few centres where there could be a law and order problem. District police authorities have identified them and required number of policemen were stationed there to deal with any situation," he said.

Police contingents would keep a watch on the workers of various parties taking out victory processions to prevent any untoward incidents, he said.