670 companies of central forces for Bengal fourth phase

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Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Over 670 companies of central forces will be deployed in the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly polls on April 25, Election Commission officials said on Saturday.

A total of 672 companies of central forces and 23,000 state police personnel will be deployed, in addition to other measures, to ensure free and fair polls.

“In Howrah police commissionerate area, 75 companies of central forces and 3,000 state police personnel will be deployed. In Howrah rural area, 152 companies of central forces plus 5,000 state police personnel will be stationed,” an official said.

In Howrah district, two police observers will be present.

In North 24 Parganas, as many as 257 companies of central forces and 8,000 state police will man the area.

In Barrackpore, 137 companies of central forces and 5,000 state police personnel will be deployed.

Bidhannagar will have 51 companies of central forces and 2,000 state police personnel.

In North 24 Parganas, three police observers have been deployed.

–IANS

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