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55000 policemen to secure Delhi on polling day

india Updated: May 05, 2009 11:00 IST
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Around 55,000 policemen will keep a hawk-eyed vigil of the national capital as it goes to Lok Sabha polls on Thursday with Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) deployed near sensitive booths and mobile teams doing rounds in the city to ensure an incident-free electioneering.

A total of 38,834 Delhi Police personnel will be deployed in 11,354 polling booths spread across 2,565 premises, pickets and patrolling while 11,213 Home Guards from three states will assist them to ensure free and fair elections in the city.

Besides, there will be an additional mobile force of three platoon carriers (25 personnel each) available with all police stations, a senior police official said.

"These teams will be headed by Station House Officer, Inspector (Law and Order) and Inspector (Anti-Terror Operations," he said.

There will also be deployment of mobile force led by Range Joint Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP), Additional DCPs and Assistant Commissioners, he said.

"The experiment of deploying mobile teams had ensured a peaceful election during the previous Assembly elections. The mobile teams have found to act as a deterrent. So, we decided to continue with it," the official told PTI.

As terrorists seem to have made the city one of its "favourite" targets in the past, police will deploy Quick Reaction Teams. They will also strengthen security in 293 sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations.

Besides 6,123 Home Guards from Delhi, the official said, city police got an additional force of 4,040 from Madhya Pradesh and 1,050 from Chhattisgarh.

Police are also sealing the borders two days prior to the voting and keeping a close watch on use of muscle men during the campaigning.

The focus will be on border points and resettlement pockets; the official said adding that police have also identified 14 entry points on the borders as "very sensitive".

The officer said there are 42 entry points and police will seal the borders on May five evening. "Sealing does not mean that there will be no movement of traffic. The traffic flow will be regulated," he said.

Police are also keeping a watch on the use of muscle men by politicians during their campaign. During the Assembly polls, police had asked Haryana Police to make attendance in wrestling centres compulsory on the date of polling.

The official said police have seized 875 vehicles and nine loud speakers for violation of election rules.

Action under preventive sections was taken against 1,821 people while 335 cases under Excise Act have been registered and 341 people arrested in this regard. Police has seized twenty-three vehicles carrying illegal liquor.

Police have also registered 348 cases for defacing public property and arrested 265 people in this regard. The official said 3,524 hoardings; banners, posters and wall writings have been removed.