In Jammu and Kashmir, a small contingent of women personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG), a specially-trained counter-insurgency force of the J&K Police, has been deployed in Jammu ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The eight-member team, fully equipped with automatic weapons and bullet-proof vests, can be seen carrying out patrolling duties in an armoured vehicle and conducting searches and vehicle checking in different parts of the city. The contingent had undergone rigorous training for three months before being deployed on the ground. They are assigned the task of routine motor vehicle checking, area domination and highway patrolling. The contingent is being deployed on the directions of the senior officers and the team will augment the strength of

the SOG on the ground.

However, Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength across the constituency spread over 18 assembly constituencies, including 11 in Jammu district, three each in Samba and Reasi districts, and one in Rajouri district. More than 17.68 lakh electors are registered in the Lok Sabha Constituency where a total of 23 candidates are in the fray. 

A total of 2,416 polling stations are being set up for the voters in the constituency with authorities focused on securing the area with intensified area domination by police and paramilitary forces. The voting for the Jammu parliamentary seat will be held on April 26 in the second phase of elections.

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