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Security stepped up for 1st phase polling in Jammu LS seat

Around 23,000 security personnel have been deployed in Jammu Parliamentary constituency, which goes to polls in the first phase of ballotting on Thursday.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2009 21:28 IST

In view of intelligence reports about infiltration attempts from across the border, around 23,000 security personnel have been deployed in Jammu Parliamentary constituency, which goes to polls in the first phase of ballotting on Thursday, police sources said.

"A comprehensive security plan has been drawn for the constituency with special thrust on the border-belt keeping in view the intelligence reports about militants attempting to sneak into the country," the sources said.

Nearly 230 security companies (23,000 personnel) of the Indian Reserve Police, the CRPF, CISF, ITBP and BSF and the state police have been mobilised in the constituency, they said.

Besides, the Election Commission (EC) has put in place a contingency plan by setting up over 60 emergency polling stations (EPS) in Jammu-Poonch seat along the Indo-Pak border, they said.

The Election Commission will also closely monitor the poll process in the Jammu Lok Sabha seat, where 11,500 state employees have been assigned poll duties in the 2210 polling stations to ensure fair and incident-free ballotting.

"Five to six employees will be deployed at each polling station in the Jammu Lok Sabha constituency, which comprises Jammu, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri districts," Jammu and Kashmir election department officials said.