45 more companies of central forces headed for Bengal

An additional 45 companies of central armed forces are set to arrive in West Bengal for the next three phases of panchayat polls.

"Some will arrive tomorrow and the rest soon after. The state government will take care of the logistics and then we will decide where to deploy them," SEC secretary Tapas Ray said.

With the third phase of polling scheduled in Howrah, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas for tomorrow, senior SEC officials said they are concerned about certain areas in the districts. "These include Barrackpore I and II, Naihati, Bhangar, Canning II, Gosaba, Bashirhat subdivision, Haroa and the entire stretch of Basanti Road. In Howrah, areas adjacent to Udaynarayanpur, Bali, Jagacha and Sankrail could have trouble in view of the mixed population in terms of political affiliation," an official said.

The four state representatives in the joint monitoring team, which was formed under the instruction of the Calcutta High Court to oversee the law and order situation, will be Damyanti Sen, S K Pujari, Ashok Prasad and D T Lepcha. The SEC representatives will include four district observers ó Somesh Kumar Bhattacharya, Chhoten Lama, Kalipada Das and Gautam Ghosh.

District magistrates will keep a close watch on marriage halls following complaints that various parties have stationed goons at these halls.

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