Around 1,200 personnel from the central paramilitary forces include the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Kerala Armed Police reached Margao in a 17-bogie special train on Saturday to maintain law and order during the April 23 Lok Sabha election in Goa.
The forces will be deployed across the state during the election process.
According to sources, the special train left Tamil Nadu for Goa around 12 noon on Friday. “We have carried everything with us that is essential besides arms and ammunition. We are self-contained,” said a senior official of the BSF while speaking to this daily at the railway station.
It took nearly an hour for the paramilitary forces to unload their equipment at the railway station.
“We are not informed about our duty in advance. The Election Commission office tells us on the polling day where to go next. We have to carry out our duty in all the phases of the Lok Sabha election,” said the senior official.
Forces, who shall be on duty in South Goa would be put up at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Margao and in Ponda.