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Monday, 27 April 2009

Security at the Indian Elections for SkyNews.com

The scale and scope of the Indian elections this year is so huge that security is top of the agenda for the authorities. One of the most interesting facts that I discovered while researching this article in my series for Sky News.com, was about the weaponry ordinary policemen use: often they are issued with Lee-Enfield .303 single-bolt rifles which pre-date the First World War.

Typically, the rifles will only have been fired ten times during training.

And of course, in the wake of Mumbai 26/11, security is also a political issue for the BJP/NDA opposition and a top worry for voters, especially those living in urban areas.

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