CRPF personnel outside Bidhannagar Government College, where the sealed EVMs for Bidhannagar and Rajarhat New Town constituencies are kept. A three-tier security cordon forties the strong room. Local armed police constables stand guard at the gates, while central forces guard every entry and exit point into the college building. A steel enclosure has been built outside the strong room and forces stand guard there too (picture left). One company of CRPF personnel has been deployed here. They are armed to the teeth with several of them carrying the Israeli-made X 95 assault rifles, AK 47s and Insas 5.56 assault rifles. The EVMs will be opened on May 19 for counting.
Text and pictures: Snehal Sengupta