1,300 cops to beef up security on counting day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 13, 2014 21:33 IST

Elaborate arrangements have been put in place by Chandigarh police for counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections on May 16. As many as 1,300 cops have been deployed to maintain law and order across the city. The counting for Chandigarh parliamentary constituency will take place at Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, from 8am onwards.

Police have also identified 14 vulnerable areas, where extra force will be deployed. Quick reaction teams and separate teams for victory processions have been constituted. A rehearsal for the same will be held on Wednesday. All wings from Police Control Room (PCR), traffic, Crime Investigation Department (CID) and security have been assigned duties. Deputy superintendant of police (DSPs), inspectors, sub-inspectors, constables and home guard volunteers will be on toes throughout the day. A reserve force comprising more than 300 cops has also been prepared to tackle untoward incidents.

PCR gypsies have been assigned duty at the counting centre and with victory processions by the winning candidate. Traffic police have also been asked to maintain and supervise the parking outside the counting centre. An anti-sabotage team will also be set up around the counting centre area. Besides, police will deploy mounted police, water cannons, tear gas and an anti-riot vehicle at the centre in Sector 26.

UT senior superintendant of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill, said, "Our main aim is to maintain peace, law and order on the day of results. Proper arrangements are being made to ensure that counting is done properly."

Police have planned to provide security in three cordons covering all gates leading to the counting centre. The outer cordon will have cops outside the boundary wall. Barricading will be done and nakas will be set up to avoid unwanted entry. Quick reaction teams have been formed which will be equipped with automatic weapons. Cops will also be deployed on roof tops of buildings adjoining the counting centre.

The inner cordon will be deployed along the boundary wall and main entry gate of the counting centre. The last cordon will keep vigil of places around the counting centre. The three cordons will be managed by deputy superintendent officers Rajesh Kalia, Jagbir Singh and Shweta Chauhan.

Assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Parvinder Singh will supervise the security of the outer cordon, while smooth movement of the victory procession will be looked after by DSP Satbir Singh and Satish Kumar. For this, they will be provided with more than 100 cops. The reserve force will be monitored by DSP Roshan Lal and DSP BS Negi will assist UT SSP at the counting centre. All station house officers (SHOs) will form a group of around 20 cops each from their police stations which would act as a reserve force on the D-day.

Sensitive zones

The sensitive zones identified by Chandigarh police are Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26; Indra Colony, Manimajra; Kishangarh village; Mauli Jagran Colony; Colony Number 4; Hallomajra village; Ram Darbar Colony; Nehru Colony, Kajheri; Dadumajra, Maloya village; Bhaskar Colony, Sector 25; EWS Colony, Dhanas; Khuda Alisher village and Pandit Colony, Kajheri.

More than 350 cops will be posted for the 14 sensitive zones identified by the police.
Video recording will be done by police at different areas, including different gates of the counting centre.
No mobile phone will be allowed inside the centre when counting is on.
Fire tender and ambulance will be posted at the centre.

Reporting Time
All cops on duty at the counting centre to report at 5am.
Reserve force with SHOs to cover trouble areas and residence of candidates to report at 4pm.
Reserve force for victory procession to report at the counting centre at 12pm.

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