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600 more cops for polls

Eight more companies of armed forces will join Gurgaon police to boost patrolling during the MCG elections. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.

india Updated: May 01, 2011 23:56 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Eight more companies of armed forces will join Gurgaon police to boost patrolling during the MCG elections. However, the police department will not hire private security guards to man police stations as was done during the last assembly elections.

Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deswal said that the additional force of about 600 police personnel will reach Gurgaon soon.

“The force will include personnel from either Haryana Armed Police (HAP) or Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB). The officers will be deployed from Madhuban Police Academy in Karnal) or from the Gurgaon-based IRB centre,” the police commissioner said.

The city police department has about 3,000 personnel at present. Deswal said that private security guards will not be required since armed forces are available in plenty. He said, “There are no elections happening anywhere in the country now.”

Gurgaon has 23 police stations and the police department had engaged private security guards to man their police stations earlier, especially in New Gurgaon areas, since police personnel were stationed at various polling booths for the 2009 assembly elections.

On Monday, Deswal will also discuss security measures to be taken during the polls with all 12 assistant returning officers (AROs) to work out a strategy.

Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) elections are scheduled to be held across 35 wards on May 15.