About 75 companies of Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) are likely to be deployed for the state assembly elections slated for January 30. The state election machinery headed by chief election officer (CEO) has finalised the demand for CPMF, which will be sent to the central election commission for the final approval.
According to the police sources, out of the total 75 CPMF companies, around 44 companies will be deputed in the seven districts of Garhwal range due to the large number of sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths. Around 31 companies of CPMF will be deputed in the Kumaon range.
In Garhwal range, Haridwar district, which got 10 companies of CPMF in 2007 assembly elections, is expected to get around 15 CPMF companies. Dehradun is likely to get 12 companies of CPMF for the coming elections where as only 10 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed in the state capital in the last assembly elections.
On the other hand, Pauri and Tehri districts are expected to get five and three companies of CPMF respectively.
“Higher number of central paramilitary force personnel will be deployed in Garhwal range as the number of sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths is large in districts like Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri,” DIG (Garhwal), Sanjay Gunjyal, told HT.
Around 15 companies of CPMF are expected to be deployed at Udham Singh Nagar district of Kumaon range, whereas it had got 10 companies of CPMF in the last assembly elections. The increased deployment of forces in Udham Singh Nagar is mainly due to the increased sensitivity after last year's communal riots. Almost six companies of central paramilitary forces will guard the polling booths in Naintal district.
Notably, the state got 65 companies of CPMF in the 2007 assembly elections, but due to the increase in the polling stations and hypersensitive polling booths in the state, the administration has placed demand for an extra 10 CPMF companies for the elections.
The state is also going to get 2,000 home guards from the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.
The 25 companies of state PAC will also be deployed on the polling booths across the state and each company of PAC will comprise nearly 100 police personnel.