Elections

60000 security personnel to be on toes on polling day in Delhi

PTI New Delhi | Updated on May 11, 2019 Published on May 11, 2019

Security Personnel standing guard outside the Strong Room, where EVMs and VVPATs are kept for General Elections at one of the Polling Booth in New Delhi   -  The Hindu

All seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will head for polling on May 12

More than 60,000 security personnel, including Home Guards and paramilitary forces jawans, have been deployed across the city a day before the Lok Sabha elections here.

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik told PTI that elaborate arrangements, according to the instructions of the Election Commission, are in place to ensure no anti-social element causes any trouble.

Voting will begin at 7 am on May 12 and scheduled to go on till 6 pm. Security personnel have been deployed at polling booths and special reserve parties and policemen are patrolling vulnerable areas, the police said.

The Police Control Room Unit will also stay alert to calls of any complaints being made, especially relating to the election process, they added.

“The model code of conduct is being strictly enforced. There is a special watch on border areas to foil any attempt to infiltrate by anti-social elements to cause disruption. There will be strict vigil to ensure malpractices like liquor peddling and movement of anti-social elements with a purpose to influence voters do not happen,” Patnaik said.

Anti-terror measures are also in place and special arrangements have been made to check sabotage of polling booths, including election rigging, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) and the spokesperson of the force, Madhur Verma, said.

The officer added that extra picket teams have been deployed in border areas too. “Briefings were held with the polling staff on disbursal of EVMs and the routes to be taken to ensure no rigging of EVMs happens on the way. Night patrolling has been intensified to check use of muscle power and money to lure voters,” Verma said.

Static surveillance team and flying squads have also been deployed at various locations. Special drive will be conducted in vulnerable hamlets, including JJ clusters, to keep a close watch if voters are being influenced in any way through muscle power, money or supply of illicit liquor to hamper the election process, the officer added.

There are 469 critical polling booths which have been identified on the basis of criminal elements being active there or recent cases of murders or robberies being reported there. Other factors that define whether a booth is critical or not are if there is any communal angle. If there was quite high voting at that place in 2014 which was suspicious or if there was any place where more than 70-75 per cent votes were polled by one candidate, those are also considered critical, officials from the Chief Electoral Officer’s office said.

Adequate security forces have been deployed at identified polling stations with Quick Reaction Teams placed at congested areas across the district in case of any emergency, another official added.

The police have registered 1,378 FIRs and arrested 1,381 people under the Excise Act. They have also seized 691 unlicensed arms and weapons, and 3,007 cartridges and explosives, a statement said.

It said 1,14,482 people have been booked till date under various sections of the CrPC and the Delhi Police Act.

According to police, 694 illegal weapons, along with 3,026 rounds of ammunition, were seized till date and 5,062 licensed weapons were deposited.

Rs 4.38 crore in cash, over 1,41,000 litres of liquor whose value is approximately Rs 3.83 crore and 1,566 kg narcotics and drugs worth Rs 373 crore have been seized from March 10 to till date, they said.

A police official said there are three facets to the security apparatus — at places where Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are kept, border checking, and law and order arrangements for polling and counting days.

The officer said police are involved in enforcing a dry day, which came into effect from 5 pm on Friday till 6 PM on Sunday till the voting ends. No alcohol will be served in any of the restaurants, pubs or hotels across Delhi. Vends at border areas will also be shut.

The official added 61,000 police personnel including 13,000 Home Guards will be involved in ensuring the security of polling booths. Out of the 13,000 Home Guards, 4,000 of them belong to Delhi Home Guards, 7,000 from Rajasthan and 2,000 from Uttarakhand.

They will be supplemented by police personnel from the Police Control Room and the traffic unit, along with 47 companies of paramilitary personnel, another official added. Each company comprises 100 personnel.

All seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will head for polling on Sunday.

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Published on May 11, 2019
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