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60,000 cops to guard 5,000 ‘critical booths’ as UP votes in Phase 2

Voting is said to take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in 55 assembly constituencies encompassing nine districts in the western region of the state: Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Saharanpur, Sambhal, and Shahjahanpur.

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According to officials, over 60,000 police officers, including 6,860 inspectors and sub-inspectors, and almost 800 paramilitary units would be on duty during the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Monday.

They said voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in 55 assembly constituencies encompassing nine districts in the western region of the state:

Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Saharanpur, Sambhal, and Shahjahanpur.

The Uttar Pradesh Police said in a statement that “8 assembly constituencies of Nagina, Dhampur, Bijnor, Asmoli, Sambhal, Deoband, Rampur Maniharan, and Gangoh have been placed under the’sensitive’ category.”

“A total of 436 majras and localities have been identified as vulnerable in the second phase, while 4,917 polling stations have been identified as critical,” it said.

During the second phase, there will be 12,538 polling locations across all assembly seats, which will be guarded by the Central Armed Police Troops (CAPFs) or paramilitary forces, according to the announcement.

The state has received 794.1 CAPF companies, of which 733 have been assigned to booth duty and three to EVM security duty in ten strong rooms, according to the statement.

Another 50 paramilitary companies have been deployed for law enforcement duties, with 19 working as quick response teams (QRTs) at police stations, 12 for duty on 73 inter-state barriers.

Nine with the flying squad, an equal number with the static squad, and the rest held in reserve, according to the statement.


The operational strength of a CAPF company is roughly 70-80 people.

“Similarly, in the second phase, 6,860 UP Police inspectors and sub-inspectors, 54,670 head constables and constables, 18 PAC companies, and 43,397 home-guards have been deployed,” police said in a statement.

According to the Election Commission’s directives, a total of 122 Pink Booths (women booths) have been built to encourage women to vote.

They will be administered by 42 women inspectors or sub-inspectors and 488 women constables or head constables.