Kolkata: Security has been beefed-up for the second phase of the West Bengal assembly elections in 56 constituencies spread over seven districts on Sunday.
According to reports, a total of 383 candidates, including 29 women, are in the fray in this phase.
Around 1.21 crore people are expected to cast their votes in five constituencies in Alipurduar, seven in Jalpaiguri, six in Darjeeling, nine in Uttar Dinajpur, six in Dakshin Dinajpur, 12 in Malda and 11 in Birbhum districts at more than 13,600 polling stations, including 311 model booths.
As many as 1,563 micro observers will keep watch during the poling along with the general and police observers.
The state CEO’s officer said international connecting borders along with north Bengal districts have been sealed and 800 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has removed some more police officers ahead of the polls.
The EC has reportedly reshuffled police officials in troubled-zones of north Bengal and Birbhum and put some district level leaders and political activists under surveillance to ensure peaceful and free voting.
(With Agency Inputs)