NEW DELHI, Feb 20: At least 25,000 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel have been earmarked to be deployed for the forthcoming Assembly polls in four States and the Union Territory of Puducherry, officials said on Saturday.

They said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has directed that a total of 250 companies of Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal will be utilised for conduct of the upcoming elections.

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry are scheduled for April-May this year. – PTI

Central forces reach Bengal

KOLKATA, Feb 20: At least 12 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have reached West Bengal on Saturday morning as the State prepares to go to elections, officials said.

Two companies of the Central forces reached Durgapur by train, one company got down at Burdwan and five companies reached Dankuni in Howrah, they said. Another four companies reached the Kolkata railway station in the Chitpore area by train, officials said.

“The forces were brought in from Jammu and Kashmir. They will be heading towards the areas where they have been assigned to,” a poll panel official said. – PTI