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Bengal Polls Fifth Phase: 680 Companies Of Central Forces To Be Deployed

Narada Desk | April 29, 2016 1:49 pm Print
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Kolkata: Paramilitary personnel deployed near a polling booth in Salt Lake of Kolkata during the fourth phase of West Bengal Legislative Assembly polls, on April 25, 2016. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Kolkata: Paramilitary personnel deployed near a polling booth in Salt Lake of Kolkata during the fourth phase of West Bengal Legislative Assembly polls, on April 25, 2016. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

As many as 680 companies of central forces will be deployed in poll-bound districts of South 24 Parganas, Kolkata and Hooghly during the fifth phase of polls on April 30.

“680 companies will be deployed. There has been slight realignment of observers. In each of the three poll going districts, two police observers will be deployed,” an election official said.

Earlier, officials had said while Kolkata and Hooghly will have two police observers each, in South 24 Parganas, three observers will be deployed.

Fifty-three constituencies spread across the three districts will go to the polls on Saturday. election commission had ordered the imposition of prohibitory orders in all the 53 constituencies on Saturday.

Among those contesting in this phase are Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim from Kolkata Port, Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee from Behala East, Iqbal Ahmed from Khanakul in Hooghly and Subrata Mukherjee from Ballygunge — all purportedly involved in the Narada sting scam.
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