Security Beefed Up for West Bengal Polls, 710 Central Armed Police Forces Companies to Be Deployed on May 19
File image of security forces deployed in West Bengal during Lok Sabha polls (Photo Credits: IANS)

Kolkata, May 13: At least 710 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will be deployed to conduct polling in a free, fair and peaceful manner during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, Special Police observer for West Bengal, Vivek Dubey said on Monday, May 13. According to reports, the Centre has already given its nod to give 710 companies to West Bengal. Shooting at Base of Central Forces in West Bengal's Howrah, Soldier Reportedly Killed.

With an objective to cover all polling booths in the state for the final phase of elections on May 19, the central forces will be in addition to the state police that will be stationed in view of general elections. The decision was taken after Dubey met the union home ministry. The sources said that steps will also be taken to ensure the safety of voters, EVMs, polling agents and other polling officials. TMC lodges complaints with EC, Says 'Central Forces Acting at Behest of BJP'.

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In the sixth phase of elections in West Bengal, many cases of violence were reported from different constituencies. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, identified as Ramen Singh from Gopiballabpur in Jhargram Lok Sabha constituency, sustained severe injuries after being hit with an iron rod. He was sped to the hospital where he was declared dead.

In Ghatal, BJP LS candidate Bharati Ghosh was forced to hide inside a temple after being chased by Trinamool Congress supporters, who accused her of inducing a disturbance in the area. A polling booth in Bankura also witnessed clashes between TMC and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters.