The quintessential Delhi Police 'babu' will have to dust-off his uniform during the upcoming municipal polls. Also, the police forces of two neighbouring states will keep a keen eye on the musclemen residing within their reach.
Given an increase of more than 2,000 polling booths after trifurcation and the additional security needed to secure these, everyone — right from clerical and administrative staff at their headquarters to the personal staff of senior police officers — will be put on election duty come April.
However, given the heady rural-urban mix of population that characterises the capital, the police will put other, more 'special arrangements' to keep the law and order situation under control and to ensure that its stays that way.
"We have already met leaders of political parties, are requisitioning officers from paramilitary forces from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) but one major meeting is still in the works," admitted a senior police officer.
"This week, we plan to hold a special interstate coordination meeting with the Haryana and Rajasthan police to sensitise them about keeping an eye on local akharas and the pehalwans who stay there lest these be roped-in by political parties as strongmen to 'interfere' in the electoral process."
According to Delhi Police sources, while they have just been asked to keep a keen eye on body builders from more than a thousand smallish rural-type gymnasiums which ironically happen to located in areas characterised 'sensitive' and 'hypersensitive', their counterparts in Haryana and Rajasthan will have their hands full.
These states, the officer said, will need to keep a steady tab on their borders with the capital for everything from truckloads of strongmen to liquor consignments.
"Sufficient force will be on the ground to ensure free and fair elections and to ensure that there is no breach of peace," said Dharmendra Kumar, special CP (law and order).