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JK polls: Security forces deployed in Poonch

With an aim to ensure incident-free elections in border district of Poonch in the first phase of polling, 80 companies of para-military forces and police have been deployed.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2008 14:42 IST

With an aim to ensure incident-free elections in border district of Poonch in the first phase of polling, 80 companies of para-military forces and police have been deployed there.

As many as 80 companies of security forces have been deployed in the border district of Poonch to ensure free, fair and incident-free polls in the first phase on November 17, police said.

Poonch district, which falls in the category of highly militancy-prone belts in Jammu and Kashmir, has over 70 per cent of sensitive and hyper sensitive polling stations.

Security forces have already conducted sensitisation operation in the district and taken position on area domination posts on hill tops and sensitive places in the district, they said.

There are 373 polling stations in the district of which 119 are hyper sensitive and 105 as sensitive, they said.

Forty six candidates are in the fray in Poonch-Haveli, Mendhar and Surankote assembly segments.

As many as 2,59,580 voters, including 1,32,107 men and 1,27,473 women, will cast their votes during the first phase polls.