Authorities have announced increased security measures as the Legislative Assembly elections were underway in Maharashtra and Haryana states on Monday, October 21. At least 300,000 police officers are deployed in Maharashtra - including 30,000 officers on duty in Mumbai, and a further 75,000 in Haryana. Specialist security teams such as the Anti-Terrorist Squad have also deployed in Mumbai and other major urban areas. Police officials also reportedly said that at least three helicopters and drones will be used in Gadchiroli district (Maharashtra) where the Communist Party of India holds support. The Delhi Police said that they have increased security checks at the Delhi-Haryana border. Other neighboring states are also reportedly expected to increase police deployments, particularly by their borders.
The heightened security presence is expected in Maharashtra, Haryana, and neighboring states on Monday, and may be in place through to Thursday, October 24, when votes are due to be counted.
Votes for the Legislative Assembly elections will be counted on Thursday, October 24. All 288 seats in Maharashtra's Legislative Assembly and the 90 seats in Haryana's Legislative Assembly will be decided in the election.
Individuals in Maharashtra and Haryana states are advised to monitor the situation, avoid polling stations and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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