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EC deploys 303 CAPF companies in West Bengal amidst post-election violence

  • EC increases CAPF deployment to 303 companies in West Bengal after first phase violence
  • Second phase of elections scheduled for April 26 in Raiganj, Darjeeling, and Balurghat districts
  • Additional CAPF forces deployed amidst criticism from Mamata Banerjee following clashes in Cooch Behar

20 Apr 2024

The Election Commission (EC) has made a significant decision following the violence during the first phase of elections in West Bengal, with 303 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) set to be deployed in the state. This move comes ahead of the second phase of elections scheduled for April 26 in Raiganj, Darjeeling, and Balurghat districts, with security heightened in light of clashes that occurred in Cooch Behar on April 19. The decision aims to ensure peaceful conduct of elections and prevent any untoward incidents in the state.

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal confirmed the deployment of 303 CAPF companies in the designated districts, supplementing the 273 companies already stationed in the state. Additional forces, totaling 30 companies, are set to arrive from Sikkim and Meghalaya by Sunday, bolstering security measures.

The decision comes amidst criticism from West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, who questioned the bypassing of state police in election security arrangements. The move follows clashes between BJP and TMC workers during voting in Cooch Behar, highlighting the sensitivity of the region and the need for heightened security measures during the electoral process.


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