GUWAHATI: Central Police Forces (CPFs) have been are sent to Assam in advance for area domination ahead of state assembly polls slated in April-May.
Besides Assam, CPFs were also sent to poll-bound states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and UT of Puducherry where assembly elections are to take place.
“CPFs are routinely sent to all the states and UTs where Vidhan Sabha elections are to take place, for advance area domination, especially in the critical and vulnerable sectors which are identified by meticulous advance reviews and concrete feedback from various sources including political parties and entities,” said the Election Commission of India (ECI) in a statement.
The practice of deploying CPFs has been going on since late 1980s.
“The orders for CPF deployment were issued to the Chief Secretaries, the DGPs and the Chief Electoral Officers of these five States /UT on February 16, 2021,” it added.