Berhampur, March 15 (Localwire): Twenty-nine companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will be deployed in the first phase of Odisha elections, starting April 11, police chief R.P. Sharma said here on Friday after a review meeting.
Four Lok Sabha and 28 assembly constituencies, mostly in southern Odisha, will vote in first phase, while the rest will go to polls in remaining three phases. Polling will end on March 29.
The assembly and parliamentary seats of Berhampur, Koraput, Nabarangapur and Kalahandi would go to polls in the first leg.
“A total of 29 companies of CAPF will be provided to the state in the first phase,” the DGP told media persons after reviewing poll preparedness in the districts.
“More forces are expected to come in subsequent phases,” he said, adding that, a large number of central forces are not required as the poll will be held in four phases.
He said the first batch of CAPF will reach on Saturday. The forces will remain deployed in four police districts of Berhampur, Ganjam, Kandhamal and Gajapati during the elections.
The DGP further said that a strict vigil will be kept on border areas during polls. “We have already asked the SPs to check liquor, arms and cash flow from neighboring states,” he added.
In view of Maoist threats, he said: “We are also beefing-up security in Maoist-hit areas.”
The Maoists have called for boycott of elections.