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Meghalaya to get more central forces for polls

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SHILLONG, Jan 24 - The arrival of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) is expected before�January 31�and at least 15-20 companies of these Central forces would be deployed in East Khasi Hills district in which three polling stations have so far been identified as �vulnerable.�

East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Davis Marak said here today that there are four companies of CABF currently present in the state and around 100 companies would be deployed.

�We have around 12,000 state police personnel. So, overall there would be over 20,000 security forces for the polls and around 15-20 companies deployed in East Khasi Hills alone,� Marak said.

Three polling stations have been identified as vulnerable in East Khasi Hills out of the 17 constituencies in the district.� Mawsynram, West Shillong and Sohiong have been classified as vulnerable because of the recent violence in these constituencies.

In Mawsynram, People Democratic Front leader and former Congress MLA, PN Syiem�s brother was stabbed recently allegedly by two Congress supporters. Both the accused are absconding.

In Sohiong constituency a Hill State People�s Democratic Party supporter was allegedly assaulted by the personal security guard of Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh. Lyngdoh is a senior Congress leader from the constituency.�

Marak said that at least 8 to 10 CABF would be deployed in each polling station of these constituencies. Moreover, other measures such as webcasting, videography and micro-observers from the Central Government would be put in place in these constituencies.

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Meghalaya to get more central forces for polls

SHILLONG, Jan 24 - The arrival of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) is expected before�January 31�and at least 15-20 companies of these Central forces would be deployed in East Khasi Hills district in which three polling stations have so far been identified as �vulnerable.�

East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Davis Marak said here today that there are four companies of CABF currently present in the state and around 100 companies would be deployed.

�We have around 12,000 state police personnel. So, overall there would be over 20,000 security forces for the polls and around 15-20 companies deployed in East Khasi Hills alone,� Marak said.

Three polling stations have been identified as vulnerable in East Khasi Hills out of the 17 constituencies in the district.� Mawsynram, West Shillong and Sohiong have been classified as vulnerable because of the recent violence in these constituencies.

In Mawsynram, People Democratic Front leader and former Congress MLA, PN Syiem�s brother was stabbed recently allegedly by two Congress supporters. Both the accused are absconding.

In Sohiong constituency a Hill State People�s Democratic Party supporter was allegedly assaulted by the personal security guard of Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh. Lyngdoh is a senior Congress leader from the constituency.�

Marak said that at least 8 to 10 CABF would be deployed in each polling station of these constituencies. Moreover, other measures such as webcasting, videography and micro-observers from the Central Government would be put in place in these constituencies.