Arunachal requisitions 38 companies of central paramilitary forces for counting of votes on May 23
Itanagar: Against the backdrop of poll-related violence in Arunachal Pradesh during the April 11 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the State police has requested the Union Home Ministry for deployment of additional 38 companies of central paramilitary forces (CPMFs) for maintaining law and order during and after the counting of votes which is scheduled on May 23.
As many as 80 cases have been registered by police in the state relating to poll-related violence during polling and re-poll.
IGP Sunil Garg, who is also the state nodal officer (Election), informed a review meeting undertaken by Chief Secretary Satya Gopal on Tuesday that all the 20 strong rooms in districts have been provided with CPMFs and are also under electronic surveillance besides, all district SPs and Deputy SPs have been directed to visit and check the strong rooms on regular basis, an official release informed here on Wednesday.
With regards to Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts, IGP informed that more than nine companies of central armed police forces (CAPFs), including six for Kurung Kumey and seven for Kra Daadi have been deployed for maintaining law & order and for guarding strong rooms.
One company of dedicated ITBP has been tasked to safeguard the strong room at Koloriang, the headquarters of Kurung Kumey district. The strong rooms have been provided with anti-riot gear equipments, gas gun and fire tenders.
Garg informed that as regards to recovery of explosives (gelatin rods) at Koloriang helipad, a case has been registered under Explosive Act and police investigation is going on. Regarding the murder case in Kurung Kumey, he said two accused have been arrested and a manhunt is on to nab the third accused.
Regarding the reports of carrying of illegal arms, he informed that a special checking drive is being launched by the district SP, particularly in Kurung Kumey and Kra-Daadi districts, adding that the state police had deployed four Agni versha vehicles for taking action against miscreants. The Chief Secretary directed the state police to take strict action against the hooligans if they are found involved in creating law & order problem in the State.
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