60,000 cops to ensure security for Apr 17 poll in Karnataka
More than 60,000 police personnel, including 104 companies of para military force, will be deployed to ensure trouble free polling on April 17 to the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, Director General of Police (Security) M N Reddy said today.
Addressing a press conference here, he said of the total 54,294 polling stations 8,658 were identified as hyper-sensitive, 14,440 sensitive and 31,196 as general.
He said CCTVs will be installed in all Hyper Sensitive and Sensitive booths and there will be video graphing of polling activities.
The police force from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, CISF, ITBP, BSF would be arriving ahead of the electon to assist state police. Of the total 1200 Civil Protection Force 1000 will be deployed in the City for security and remaining will be sent to Karwar.
Mr Reddy said special forces would be deployed in naxal affected areas including Chikamagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga and other western ghat, some parts of Kodagu District and areas bordering Andhra Pradesh.
He said the state police was on election preparation work since August. So far 27,000 rowdy sheeters were watched and steps were taken according to law against 13,365 rowdy elements.
Mr Reddy said so far Rs 12.21 crore cash was seized and FIR were filed against 176 people for carrying unaccounted money.
Polling is scheduled to be held from 0700 hrs to 1800 hrs.
(Posted on 14-04-2014)