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SHILLONG: The first batch of 10 companies of Central paramilitary forces has been dispatched to Garo Hills on Friday for election duty.
The State had sought a total of 76 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order during the polls which the Central Government has agreed to provide.
A police official said the 10 companies of Central paramilitary personnel arrived in the State on Thursday.
Due to a spurt in militant activities unleashed by the GNLA in Garo Hills, the region has become more vulnerable as compared to other districts of the State.
The GNLA tried to disrupt a poll rally of Jonathon Sangma (Independent) on Thursday near Williamnagar. Majority of the polling stations in Garo Hills have been categorized as either sensitive or hyper sensitive.
Though the ANVC (B) and its parent body, the ANVC, signed the draft peace agreement with the State and the Union Governments there has been no reduction in insurgent activities in the region.
Cases of extortion by the GNLA continue to be reported from several parts of Garo Hills.