Press Trust of India
KOLKATA, 6 JULY: Thirty companies of central forces arrived here today while 120 more are expected to reach by tomorrow for deployment during the first phase of panchayat poll slated for 11 July.
State Election Commission (SEC) Secretary Tapas Roy said the forces would be deployed immediately.
The central forces comprise CRPF, BSF, CISF and police personnel from Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, state home department sources said.
Odisha was unable to provide any force in view of the impending Puri Rathyatra. Coordination of the central forces would be done by IG (BSF) A K Sharma, the sources said.
In the first phase, the districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore, which make up Jangalmahal, would go to the poll. The sources said that in view of the recent attack on the police at Dumka in Jharkhand by the Maoists in which the Pakur district Superintendent of Police, along with five other policemen were killed, the West Bengal government was taking adequate measures for prevention of violence.