Central forces to cover all polling stations, says HC


Citing the “extraordinary situation”, the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday ordered the deployment of Central forces at all the polling stations in West Bengal during the July 8 panchayat elections.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice TS Shivagnanam and Justice Hiranmoy Bhattacharya directed the BSF Inspector General, who has been appointed as force coordinator, to ensure that Central forces cover all the polling stations in the state with 50:50 deployment of Centre forces and police personnel at every polling station.

Hearing a plea for contempt against the State Election Commission, the Bench said, “…Considering the extraordinary situation, if there is a norm by the Central Forces or by the Central Government with regard to the deployment, necessary relaxation can be made with regard to number of personnel to be deployed to each polling station. In other words, the BSF IG may issue appropriate directions so that the deployment of the Central Forces can cover all polling stations.”


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