Hyderabad: Elaborate security arrangements are being made in Left Wing Extremist (LWE) sensitive areas in the State bordering Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra in connection with the Lok Sabha elections on April 11.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is deploying 60 companies of Central security forces in the first phase and more might be allocated to the State after a meeting with Election Commission (EC) officials in New Delhi and Hyderabad.
The security forces, which would be arriving in the city in a couple of days, would be deployed in the sensitive polling stations affected by Maoists in Khammam, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Peddapalli and Karimnagar among other districts.
The 60 companies, consisting of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Rapid Action Force (RPF), will be assisting over 40,000 State police personnel during the elections.
“We are initially getting 60 companies of Central forces for bandobust duties. More companies might be allocated after the MHA’s meeting with EC officials,” said Additional Director-General of Police Jitender.
According to officials, these companies, each comprising 72 to 80 personnel, would be deployed in all districts. However, priority would be accorded to the polling stations which are communally sensitive and affected by Maoists in the districts.
The administration has already categorised polling stations based on the incidents that took place during elections held earlier.
During the Assembly elections held on December 7, 2018, coordination meetings were organised with various State departments, Central agencies and border States police officers to meet the manpower requirement.
Senior officers have been appointed for not only coordinating but also assessing the situation daily by obtaining law and order reports apart from planning strategically to assess the requirement of forces based on political and communal sensitivity as well as extremists angle, said an official.