Election Commission has clarified that advance deployment of Central Police Forces in poll-bound areas during Lok Sabha and Assembly elections is a routine affair. Taking note of media reports that Central Police Forces are being sent specifically to West Bengal, the Commission said, this practice has been going on since the late 1980s. It said, Central Police Forces are routinely sent to all the poll bound States and UTs for advance area domination, especially in critical and vulnerable sectors.
The Election Commission added that during the last Lok Sabha elections also, Central Forces were sent to all States and UTs and the same has been done in all State Elections which have been taking place. The Commission further added that the Central Police Forces have been sent to all the five States and Union Territory namely Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry where Assembly Elections are to take place. Further, the Commission stated that the orders for deployment of Central Police Forces were issued to the Chief Secretaries, the DGPs and the Chief Electoral Officers of these five States and UT on the same day, i.e.16th of this month.