Home Ministry will press into service more than 100 trains to transport paramilitary forces for deployment during the elections. In this mammoth exercise, the trains will be used for the swift movement of forces from one state to another according to the election schedule and security considerations. Railways has been requested to provide two sleeper coaches for each company (around 100 personnel) and two coaches with special trains instead of general coaches for the smooth mobilisation of troops.
The hired trains will be used for long-distance transportation of forces while, for shorter distances, security personnel will travel by road. Thousands of private vehicles will also be requisitioned to ferry the forces. Nearly a dozen helicopters will also be deployed in each phase of Lok Sabha polls. But since no BSF Mi-17 helicopters are serviceable, the entire requirement will have to be met through Indian Air Force choppers. Helicopters are the most important force multiplier when it comes to rushing in reinforcements or taking out casualties and injured persons during operations. Home Ministry has identified 33 worst Naxal-affected districts as being very sensitive with the highest number of incidents having been reported in these areas in Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2009 and also during Assembly polls in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013. (PTI)