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Polling staff, police personnel airlifted to snow-bound areas of Kishtwar in J&K

Marwah, Warwan, and Machail are the remotest areas in Kishtwar district, which remain cut off for 3-4 months during the winters. There are 34 polling stations in these areas
12:11 PM Apr 13, 2024 IST | IANS
polling staff  police personnel airlifted to snow bound areas of kishtwar in j k
Polling staff, police personnel airlifted to snow-bound areas of Kishtwar in J&K --- Representational Photo
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Jammu, Apr 13: The first batch of 189 poll officials and 69 police staff were airlifted from the district headquarters in Jammu to the snow-bound areas of Marwah and Warwan in J&K's Kishtwar district, an official statement said on Friday.

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Marwah, Warwan, and Machail are the remotest areas in Kishtwar district, which remain cut off for 3-4 months during the winters. There are 34 polling stations in these areas.

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"Preparations are in full swing with elaborate security measures in place, including the deployment of Indian Air Force’s Mi-17 helicopters for the transportation of polling officers and the establishment of helipads," the statement said.

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"The airlifting operation being conducted by three IAF helicopters is a collaborative effort between the Election Commission of India and the Indian Air Force," it added.

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On Thursday, 188 security personnel from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and J&K Police (JKP) were dispatched to the district

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"The dispatch of polling staff will continue in a phased manner, prioritising the far-flung areas like Marwah, Warwan, Machail, etc.," the statement said.

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Kishtwar falls under the Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to the polls on April 19 with 12 candidates in the fray.

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