GUWAHATI: At least 149 polling stations out of a total of 3534 polling stations in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area were marked as vulnerable. The region would go to polls in the third phase of Assam assembly elections slated on April 6.
On Monday, Assam Police director-general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta visited Kokrakhar in BTC to take stock of the security measures ahead of the polling. On April 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to visit the lower Assam town and address a poll rally backing the NDA government.
Mahanta said, “In Kokrajhar alone there are 981 polling stations and the region covers a vast area. Therefore we have also deployed 87 companies of forces for the polling. Besides, some 46 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are already in place along with Assam police forces. We assure of peaceful voting and urge people to come out and cast vote fearlessly.”
He added that at least 149 polling station located in 73 poll buildings were marked as ‘vulnerable’.
“Polling stations located in militancy prone areas will have additional forces,” he added.
Though all factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) had already disbanded their groups and joined the mainstream, splinter groups continued to try to create disturbance in the area.
The police chief said, “Anyone trying to disturb the peace or to create trouble in the election process will be dealt with seriously. We want common people to also help me.”
He also informed that the state police have been also in touch with the Army and SSB and taken special measures for area domination in the region ahead of the polls.