The Delhi Police are keeping a close eye out for troublemakers to ensure that there are no hitches on election day.They have also identified hypersensitive polling booths, which are mostly those situated near the borders. This includes Najafgarh, from where Krishan Pahelwan is contesting. Pahelwan has several criminal cases registered against him in Delhi, including one of murder and several of attempt to murder, and many other cases in Haryana too.
Jai Kishan Sharma, a Congress candidate who is also contesting from Najafgarh, said he had sent many complaints to the police stating that extra force should be deployed there.
Senior Delhi Police officials said that after consulting with the State Election Commission, a final list of sensitive booths had been approved. Almost 54 buildings housing polling booths have been labelled as hyper sensitive. Most of these are located in outer Delhi including areas such as Najafgarh, Narela, Badarpur, Jaitpur, Ghazipur and others.
“We will keep a hawk eye on all hypersensitive polling booths and extra police force will also be deployed in these booths,” added the official.
The MCD elections for all 272 seats will be held on April 15. “We are planning to video record all meetings and rallies of candidates. This will help us identify and apprehend troublemakers in case of any tension,” said a senior Delhi Police official.
The State Election Commission had also directed observers to video record the nomination and rallies, which candidates will hold in the city.
Delhi Police have called in an extra 15,000 personnel from other states for security in the city on D-day.
“All candidates will have to take permission from the assistant commissioner of police concerned before holding a rally in their ward. Permission will only be given on first-come-first-serve basis,” said a senior State Election Commission official. The border areas of the Capital will be sealed before the poll day to control the inflow of illegal liquor and muscle power from adjoining states.