300 additional companies to be deployed in twin districts, say officials
Srinagar, May 02: All the additional 300 companies of para-military forces along with the police will be deployed for the smooth conduct of last phase of elections for South Kashmir parliamentary constituency on May 6 with officials declaring both Pulwama and Shopian districts going to polls as hypersensitive along with all the polling stations in twin districts, top security officials told KNO.
They said that massive security build-up will remain in force while as layering of security will be finalised by May 5 to ensure a fool-proof security cover for the last phase.
The officials said that tight security arrangements have been made in Pulwama and Shopian besides other south Kashmir districts that include Anatnag and Kulgam to ensure no trouble on the last leg of polls. “We don’t want to take any risk,” said an official, wishing anonymity.
For the South Kashmir seat, the major contest is between PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir while as National Conference has fielded retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi. Kulgam and Anantnag have already witnessed poling at 10.62 per cent and 13.6 per cent.
There will be the deployment of 300 additional forces personnel that means 35000 forces men on ground in two sensitive districts of south Kashmir on May 6 while as special focus will remain on polling booths and areas considered as “vulnerable on militancy front.”
A top police office told KNO that all security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of elections in Anantnag district with deployment of para-military and police personnel. “The companies of BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, IRP and Jammu and Kashmir police have been deployed in strength in all sensitive areas of areas going to polls and they have taken their positions,” said the officer, pleading anonymity.
Reliable sources told KNO that army was manning the heights to sanitize the areas and ensure that there was no militant threat during the polling. A CRPF officer said that they have already started night patrolling, area domination while as multiple-layer of security cover will be given to polling booths across the district. “A separate component for law and order challenges has also been deployed,” he said.
For the polling stations falling in hypersensitive Pulwama and Shopian, proper security plan has been worked out so that voters come freely to exercise their right to vote.
Separate teams have been deployed on ground for facing the militant threats. Number of checkpoints and mobile check posts has been jointly established by the police and the CRPF on all important road links to facilitate the movement of voters.
All polling booths in Pulwama and Shopian district fall in the hypersensitive category. The polling staff and the machinery including electronic voting machines have reached the designated polling stations in the district.
The polling material will be distributed under tight security on May 4 and May 5. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has asked people to boycott the polls and to observe a shutdown on May 6