Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for Wednesday's third and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, with the Election Commission describing this leg as "a critical phase of the elections".
"There will be 250 companies of central forces and 200 companies of state police force for the elections. There will be armed personnel in almost all premises. You can say this time, the security arrangements are unprecedented," state Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen told newsmen.
Asked whether the arrangements had been made in the wake of any specific threat of violence, he said, "Yes, we accept that this is a critical phase of the elections."
The bandobust has been made after assessing indications of sensitivity and vulnerability like the law and order situation, political currents, criminal movement and the general perception, he said.
When asked how many booths have been considered sensitive, he said, "Considering all the booths have arm cover, we will say that all booths are sensitive."
In the final phase tomorrow, elections will be held in 11 Lok Sabha seats spread across the city, besides the adjoining North and South 24-Parganas districts. Voters will exercise their franchise in 17,136 booths.