The borders of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana will be sealed 24 hours before polls in these states, police officers of the states decided at a meeting in Agra.
Agra is a district in Uttar Pradesh that borders the other three states. Senior police officers from these neighbouring districts in these states attended the meeting, where it was decided that the borders would be closed every time, 24 hours before any of these districts went to the polls this month and the next.
"The plan was worked out on Wednesday when officers from the neighbouring districts in the four states discussed the arrangements and requirements to effectively put the plan in action to ensure free and fair poll," a senior police officer in Agra told IANS.
He said the borders of Bhind and Morena districts in Madhya Pradesh, Dholpur and Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Palwal in Haryana will be sealed 24 hours before the polls. Vehicles will be allowed to move on the highways only after scrutiny.
The police officers exchanged lists of people with criminal records and plan to detain them. They also plan to raid liquor stills and illegal arms manufacturing units.
"Officials of these districts will remain in constant touch with one another through a network of wireless and mobile phones, and promptly exchange information about criminal movements or activities," the officer said.