Security arrangements with spl plan for enhanced vigil till completion of polling
The Punjab police has made comprehensive security arrangements with special emphasis on tight security in crucial hours of before and during the polling on April 30 by chalking out a special security plan to ensure smooth conduct of elections in the state.
Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora said with mobilisation of 59,591 police personnel of state along with 16,119 personnel (199 companies) of Para Military Forces, the state police is fully geared to provide foolproof security for the free, fair and smooth conduct of Lok Sabha elections for 13 Parliamentary constituencies in the state.
The PMFs along with state police held flag marches on April 28 under the leadership of SSPs to instill sense of security amongst masses. A special security plan was being implemented for enhancing vigil in crucial hours before as well as during the polling.
IG/DIG level officers would be in field to ensure the special security plan, made to cover the entire state during the crucial 48 hours is implemented in letter and spirit. These officers shall remain in field and check the deployment up to wee hours on April 30, i.e. before the start of the polls.
Mr Arora said 150 special Nakas have already been set up at all interstate entries on Punjab borders touching Haryana, Himachal Pardesh, Chandigarh, J and K and Rajasthan to effectively block the entry of any unscrupulous element in the polling in state.
Besides this, 15,286 number of special 48 hours Nakas have been put up throughout the state by utilizing the services of police personnel (13582 parties) accompanying polling parties and 1704 route zone/patrolling parties to check any movement of liquor or money to influence voters, he added.
All senior field officers have also been directed to remain in field during these hours to instill the sense of security amongst common masses and fear of law in the minds of anti-social elements. To check the flow or distribution of liquor Excise Officials have been provided with sufficient security. MORE UNI XC PA AS1739 NNNN c:usersuserdesktopunicommond29DR62.html ************************************************************************
The DGP informed that the state has 13,582 polling stations and 22,060 polling booths. 2,442 polling stations have been declared hyper-sensitive and 4632 were sensitive and these were being covered either by PMFs/patrolling by district police or micro observers or video cameras or web casting.
He informed that the entire state has been divided into 1704 sectors (beats) and each sector has been put under in-charge deployed by the district election officer and was being assisted by a patrolling party comprising of 1 head constable and 3 constables.
A two tier communication plan has been adopted under which besides providing additional wireless sets the mobile numbers of all sector in charges have been taken to pass or receive any message without any delay.
A new SMS based information system has been prepared and installed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) through which the state command centre and the districts will get direct messages from these parties, he added.
After the implementation of Model Code of Conduct in the state on March 5, the state police and PMFs have seized cash (Rs 27,11,54,996) besides recovering Poppy husk (18577 Kgs), Opium (97.202 Kgs), Heroin (155.756 Kgs), Smack (2.492 Kgs), Drug Powder (42.933 Kgs), Lahan (60,156 Kgs), Illicit Liquor (146168.205 Ltrs), Capsules (1,43,917), Tablets (2,15,896), Syrup (3799 Bottles), Country Liquor (2,28,220 Bottles) and Arms (137).
Besides this, 608 proclaimed offenders (PO) have been arrested while 3130 persons have been bound down and 9716 were bound over under preventive laws during this period.
The DGP informed that a total 2,74,017 weapons have been deposited throughout the state which are about 92 per cent of the total licensed weapons in the state.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)