Additional paramilitary forces to be deployed at Alwar for bypolls

The Union home ministry has approved 45 companies of central paramilitary forces.

jaipur Updated: Jan 17, 2018 22:17 IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Chief minister Vasundhara Raje at a public meeting in Ajmer. (HT File Photo)

The Union home ministry has approved 45 companies of central paramilitary forces for the upcoming Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha bypolls and Mandalgarh assembly seat on January 29.

“We had demanded deployment of additional forces for the bypolls in Alwar as there are a number of critical booths and the size of the district. Initially, the Union home ministry had sanctioned 35 but later 10 more were sanctioned,” a senior home department official said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

A senior official of the police department said, “We had demanded 51 companies for the bypolls but 45 were approved to conduct the polls. The sanctioned number is sufficient to maintain law and order.” The forces were asked in view of the critical and hypersensitive booths at the constituencies going to the polls, he added.

A company consists of 100 personnel and officers. The forces will be deployed from January 20 to January 29.

The official said additional companies were asked for Alwar, which has more critical polling booths than Ajmer and Mandalgarh. “The information received states that Alwar roughly has around 400 critical booths, while Ajmer has around 200,” he said.

He said of the 45 companies, 24 will be deployed in Alwar, 16 in Ajmer, three in Mandalgarh and two in Jaipur rural, as it has some areas of Ajmer Lok Sabha constituency. Central armed police forces have been deployed at critical booths, he added.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 22:17 IST