As the counting for nine legislative assembly segments will start on Saturday at 8 am, the entire area around the building of district land record society and state school for sports, Kapurthala road has been turned into a high-security zone. More than 2,000 cops including a company of paramilitary force have been deployed around the centres.
The city and rural police have claimed to form a three-tier security system at all the counting centres in the buildings. Entry of commuters will not be allowed near the Kapurthala road from Basti Bawa Khel Canal Bridge to Kapurthala Chowk in the city from Saturday from 5.30 am till the time counting ends. Two deputy commissioners of police (DCPs), five additional DCPs, nine assistant CPs and 1,030 other police officers will guard the counting centres of all the four urban constituencies. Field and traffic staff will do their duties separately to manage the traffic and law and order in their respective areas. The four urban legislative constituencies are Jalandhar North, Jalandhar West (reserve), Jalandhar Central and Jalandhar Cantonment while rural belt includes Shahkot, Nakodar, Kartarpur (reserve), Adampur (reserve) and Phillaur ((reserve). Similarly, rural police have also made elaborate arrangements for the counting centres of its constituencies separately. Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed outside the counting centres and regular police patrolling will also take place outside the venue. A total of 84 candidates were contesting across nine assembly segments and 15, 45,240 people are registered as voters in the district. A total of 1,830 polling stations were set up in the district.
The administration is all set to hold a peaceful counting of voting of four assembly constituencies in the district on Saturday.Local police officials have been deployed at the counting centres while special security teams are to patrol the city to avoid any untoward incident. The electronic voting machines (EVMs) of all the four assembly segments of Kapurthala district were kept in strongrooms established in nearby premises at Virsa Vihar in Kapurthala and Ramgarhia polytechnic college Phagwara .
The local administration and police have made tight security arrangements for the counting day on Saturday. All three counting centres have been set up at Doaba Group of Colleges. A total of 200 cops including paramilitary force will keep vigil at the respective centres.
Countdown begins Three-tier security system at all the counting centres, claim police officials.