Panchayat 2018: WB Invites Additional Forces From Adjacent States


Kolkata: Four or five other neighbouring states have been contacted for additional forces to be deployed at all the polling premises for the state Panchayat polls on May 14, state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha said on Friday.

He claimed that the state has made adequate security arrangements for conducting the rural polls in a single phase. Purkayastha held a press conference at Nabanna on Friday where he stated that elections should be allowed to take place peacefully. He appealed to everyone and sought their cooperation regarding the same.

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“The security arrangements for the Panchayat polls are adequate. There will be armed coverage in all the polling premises,” Purkayastha told reporters here. Stating that the state police are having sufficient capacity, Purkayatha said: “Manpower in the state police has gone up and the strength of the police has also increased.” It may be mentioned that there are 58,467 booths in 43,067 polling premises in 20 districts across the state and all the premises will be brought under the coverage of the armed forces.