Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to aid police in upcoming elections

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SHILLONG: In spite of the State being free from militancy, the Meghalya government has asked additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to aid the police in ensuring free-and-fair by-polls in the two constituencies of the State.

South Tura constituency is one of the Assembly segment where the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma is contesting and the other is Ranikor where the newly joined NPP member and Assembly Speaker is seeking elections in a span of three months.

Well-placed sources within the State Home department told The Sentinel on Monday that going by the indications, there should be no reason to be apprehensive. “Already the DGP has sought additional companies of CAPF to aid the State police and it was agreed,” stated a senior functionary in the Home department. However, the functionary stated that another round of review meeting to be chaired by the Chief Secretary alongside with the DGP and Chief Electoral officer (CEO) is expected to finally get the exact picture of the security scenario before deciding on the deployment.