Additional security for Chhattisgarh polls, 56,000 strong deployed

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Chhattisgarh
Bastar, Oct 29: The Election Commission is gearing up for all kinds if unfavourable circumstances during the elections. The Naxal-hit areas, especially are within the radar of the security forces.

Hence, the government has deployed 56,000 paramilitary soldiers for the polls. Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) has considered this to be a challenging tsk, but is positive. Chief Dilip Tivedi, during a press conference at the 74th Raising Day of the force has said that the security forces are aware of the possibility of attacks on security personnel, VVIPs, and candidates contesting the elections.

"Conducting polls in Chhattisgarh is a big challenge for us. We have already deployed 562 companies of security forces for this task in the state. We are alive to every possibility and we have to be alert even after polling finishes," the Director General (DG) said.

Tivedi said that he has already surveyed important areas in the reg‭ion and his troopers have already diffused a number of IEDs that have been burrowed deep on the way of polling booths. Drawing example from previous incidents, the DG said,"We definitely have taken lessons from the Darbha Ghati incident and we can assure the country that we will deliver our best and ensure maximum security."

He also said that additional batallions have been deployed from Jammu and Kashmir for poll duties.

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