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The Election Commission of India has decided to deploy 853 companies of central forces in West Bengal for the fifth phase of elections. In this phase, more security forces will be deployed compared to the fourth phase. In the previous phase, 789 companies were deployed for 44 Assembly constituencies.
The Election Commission sources said that out of 853 companies, 283 will be deployed only in 24 Parganas district. This security arrangement is for the purpose that an incident like Cooch Behar does not happen again, where many people lost their lives during the violence.
Campaigning has ended for the fifth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal. Polling will be held in 45 seats spread across six districts on Saturday. In all, 319 candidates including 39 women are in the fray in this phase.
Polling will be held for 13 seats at Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in North Bengal in this phase.
Darjeeling district administration has taken all necessary steps to prevent the spread of contamination during the day of polling in the wake of the Covid situation.