Kolkata woke up to the sound of thumping of boots of central paramilitary forces on Sunday morning as various units of the forces moved in to their respective places of duty.
Jawed Shamim, joint commissioner (headquarters) of Kolkata Police, said that out of the 70 companies of central forces supposed to be deployed for Kolkata, 10 are already in the city while others are moving in. “The remaining 60 companies of the central forces would be in the city by Monday early morning,” Shamim said.
The police said that the entire central paramilitary forces would be manning all booths. Police officers would be deployed to escort the central paramilitary forces. Notably, the Election Commission is trying to ensure that there are no loopholes during the elections this time.
The sensitive areas have been identified and special attention would be given to these areas. The central forces, on the other hand, would carry out flag marches and route marches in the non-sensitive areas as well. The forces will also regularly patrol the entire area besides putting up blockades at various positions.
As both 24-Parganas are going to polls on April 27 along with Kolkata, the central forces have started moving in the two districts as well. Notably ,some companies of central forces were already stationed in some parts of South 24-Parganas.
With only two days to go before the elections, Kolkata is virtually turning into a fortress as the entire length and breadth of the city is being cordoned by central forces. It is believed that the presence of the forces will help in instilling confidence in people.
Apart from patrolling and flag marching, the central forces would also be used for strong-room protection and EVM security. Rahul Srivastav, police superintendent of North 24-Parganas, said detailed information about deployment of central forces in the district would be released on Monday.