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Govt to deploy 2L force, thousands of vehicles, choppers for LS election

More than two lakh gun-toting paramilitary personnel, thousands of vehicles and nearly a dozen helicopters will be deployed across the country to ensure smooth and violence-free elections beginning 7 April.

During the nine-phased polls, spread over nearly two months, the home ministry has chalked out the deployment plan for 543 constituencies having a total electorate of 81.4 crore with the special focus on violence-hit states.

‘It is a massive exercise. But we will ensure peaceful polling. We are also taking special measures for Naxal- affected states, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast,’ joint secretary in the home ministry, MA Ganapathy, said.

The two lakh paramilitary personnel along with vehicles are being requisitioned from forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB and Assam Rifles for deployment across the country.

Home ministry will press into service more than 100 trains to transport paramilitary forces for deployment during the elections.

In this mammoth exercise, the trains will be used for the swift movement of forces from one state to another according to the election schedule and security considerations.
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