EC decided to conduct the re-polls in 168 polling stations in 26 Assembly segments as electoral malpractices were found during voting in the first phase of the ongoing general elections on April 11.
The forces such as CRPF uses MPVs for limited troop movements in areas affected by Naxalism and in Jammu and Kashmir.
The action has been taken following several rounds of discussions with the Election Commission, which directed the home ministry to provide adequate forces under its disposal.
Traditional methods of recruitment — mainly testing physical efficiency — are insufficient to meet the demands of the police organisation, a senior Home Ministry official told this newspaper.
The vacancies arise due to retirement, resignation or death of personnel or creation of new posts and raising of new battalions.
Communal skirmishes continued for the fourth day, with bullets fired and bombs hurled in Asansol’s Railpar area even as neighbouring Raniganj limped back to relative normalcy
As many as 150 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the two states to assist the police forces in maintaining law and order, he said.