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Massive security for second phase election in Bengal

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Kolkata, Apr 20 (UNI) More than 50,000 central para military force jawans will be deployed and 132 observers deputed to ensure smooth polling in 66 constituencies across four districts of West Bengal which going to polls in the second phase on April 22.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Debasish Sen today said more than 500 companies of CMPF would patrol streets and guard polling booths in East Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly and Nadia districts.

''The para military forces have been asked to reach their respective areas the day before the elections and patrol streets.

There will be central force jawans in every booth,'' he said.

For the first time, the central force jawans had been directed to go door to door asking voters whether they had any fears. In case of any complaints, they would report the matter to the central observer and the District Magistrate through the higher officer for taking necessary measure, the CEO said.

Mr Sen said the number of observers during the second phase polling had been doubled to depute two observers each for 66 constituencies. The Election Commission had also directed to ensure hourly visit of all the booths by sector commanders, he added.

Altogether 3.52 lakh names had been deleted from the electoral rolls in these four districts following an intensive clean up operation while 72,000 new names had been included, he said.


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