The Centre will deploy around 1,700 companies of paramilitary forces in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Goa, and Manipur, officials said.
Over 100 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFS) have already arrived in Uttar Pradesh for area domination in various districts of the state, they said.
According to the officials of the Union Home Ministry, it, in coordination with the Election Commission and UP government, has allocated 150 companies (each containing around 100 personnel) of the paramilitary forces as of now and additional companies will be deployed subsequently as there is seven- phase polling in the state and the total deployment could be over 380 to 400 companies.
UP government officials said that they have been assured by the Ministry of adequate additional deployment for the next phases.
As of now,50 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force, 30 each from the Border Security Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal, and 20 each from the Central Industrial Security Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have been allocated to UP as of now, Ministry officials said, adding that the rest will be dispatched as the polling schedule progresses.
Punjab has also sought higher security deployment, being a border state and also due to ongoing farmers’ agitation in many parts of the state. Over 450 companies of CAPFs were deployed in the last Assembly election in 2017. The MHÁ officials have indicated that around 550 companies will be dispatched to Punjab initially and additional personnel sent as per need.