75,000-80,000 paramilitary troops for Assembly polls in 5 States

NEW DELHI(PTI): 75,000 to 80,000 paramilitary personnel will be deployed to provide security during the forthcoming Assembly elections in five States — West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

“Peak request is around 750 to 800 companies. We will meet the demand,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters in Delhi on Friday.

Mehrishi said at any given time, the number of paramilitary personnel on poll duty will not be higher than the figure given.

Apart from the central paramilitary personnel, police forces of all States will be deployed in the respective states to ensure free and fair polls.

Central paramilitary forces are expected to be deployed at every booth and supervised directly by the Election Commission.