New Delhi: After ensuring peaceful polls during the first four phases of West Bengal Assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) is leaving no stone unturned for ensuring free and fair polls in the remaining two phases.

While extra vigil is being maintained because the regions going to polls in the next two phases are Maoist-infested, police would resort to extensive preventive detentions in order to check any political flashpoints.

“More than adequate paramilitary forces will be deployed in the last two phase elections in Bengal and the activities of people will be monitored who may cause political unrest in the state,” one of the officials of Election Commission said.

It will be a litmus test for the Commission to hold polls in a peaceful manner in the remaining two phases because the areas are highly sensitive. This is the main reason that very small number of assembly seats are going to polls in the remaining two phases.
While 38 seats would be covered in the fifth phase, polling will take place only for 14 constituencies in the last phase. 

Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura have been marked as the most sensitive areas as they are classified as the Maoist-infested. The area has witnessed several political killings in the past.  

JPN/Bureau