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SEC calls for Central forces

THE STATE Election Commission (SEC) has decided to depute central paramilitary forces (CPMF) in sensitive districts during the urban local bodies? election.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 01:42 IST

THE STATE Election Commission (SEC) has decided to depute central paramilitary forces (CPMF) in sensitive districts during the urban local bodies’ election.

State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh has written to principal secretary (Home) SK Agarwal to ensure that adequate CPMF was available for poll duty.

The SEC has identified 15 districts as sensitive. As the date of poll nears, more districts might be declared sensitive, SEC officials feared.

Learning from the experience of the panchayat election, when violence was reported from several districts, the SEC did not want to take chance in the urban local bodies election.

“During the panchayat poll, CPMF was not available due to assembly elections in Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We had no option but to depend on the State police. The local police failed reign in goons as they ran amuck terrorizing supporters of the rival political parties and creating disturbance at polling booths,” an SEC officer said.

The SEC has already received information that the likes of Akhilesh Singh, Mukhtar Ansari, Brajesh Singh, Madan Bhaiyya, Raja Bhaiyya have already started flexing their muscles. They might create trouble in the election to ensure the victory of their candidate.

The SEC has identified Pratapgarh, Ghazipur, Etah, Etawah, Basti, Mau, Ballia, Gorakhpur, Gonda, Azamgarh, Meerut, Aligarh, Agra among others as sensitive districts. In the panchayat election violence had erupted in these districts and re-polling was held at several booths.

Candidates contesting election in Ghazipur, Etah and Rae Bareli districts have already urged the SEC to depute PAC since they are being threatened and directed to withdraw from election.

A delegation of BJP leaders from Rae Bareli met the SEC officials and told them that supporters of independent candidate Akhilesh Singh was threatening them. Singh was in jail and his aides were being allowed to meet him.