Over 60,000 men in uniform deployed in north Kashmir

Srinagar, May 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, over 60,000 army and police personnel were deployed for the last phase of the polling, held today, for the so-called Baramulla parliamentary constituency in the Valley.

The Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had deployed over 250 additional companies in Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts. The Election Commission had declared nearly 95 per cent of polling booths either as hypersensitive or sensitive.

“Apart from the additional companies of the CRPF, there are six battalions of the CRPF stationed in north Kashmir. Besides, 15 armed police and Indian Reserve Police (IRP) battalions have been mobilised for the smooth conduct of the polls,” said a senior official.

“The additional deployment is apart from the police strength stationed in each district,” he added. The Indian Army’s so-called counter-insurgency units of the Rashtriya Rifles stationed in north Kashmir also intensified patrolling since the last one week, especially during nights in sensitive areas of north Kashmir.

The men in uniform were deployed in strength in Baramulla, Sopore, Palhalan, Bandipore and Hajin towns to counter poll boycott call, given by the Hurriyet leaders.

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