Anganwari workers and the Punjab Pensioners
With several organisations pitching tents in the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, the Punjab Police have pulled nearly 2,000 cops from other wings and deployed them in the segment for maintaining law and order.
A long exercise was undertaken in the past two days to arrange the additional force.
Anganwari workers and the Punjab Pensioners’ Association have already announced protest against the Capt Amarinder Singh government in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts. The police suspect farmer organisations may also protests there.
In all, 450 cops have been pulled out from security wing, which otherwise caters to VIPs and persons facing threats. About 500 others have been pulled out from Majithia and Tarn Taran.
About 650 under-trainees from training academies of the police have been directed to report in Gurdaspur. The NRI wing has also been asked to spare 171 men for the bypoll duty.
VK Bhawra, DGP (Provisioning), said: “More than 9,000 police personnel are being deployed in the border constituency. We have moved more men to meet the demand. Besides, 30 companies of Central forces and 14 companies of the Punjab Police are being deployed.