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Cops to ensure violence-free poll

india Updated: May 06, 2011 01:43 IST
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A total of 2,500 police personnel would be deployed at all 35 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to ensure free and fair elections of the civic body on May 15.

In the first review meeting for the MCG elections attended by the state election commissioner, the deputy commissioner and commissioner of police on Thursday, it is also decided that two police personnel would stand guard at each polling booth.

An SHO (Station House Officer) and a magistrate will also be deployed for each ward to monitor the polling process.

The city police personnel would be joined by eight companies of about 600 policemen from the Haryana Armed Police and Indian Reserve Battalion.

“The DC and CP have been issued letters to take quick action against defaulters. They have also been instructed to maintain strict vigilance on the proceedings, maintain law and order and keep a close watch on candidates or volunteers with criminal history and bail jumpers,” the state election commissioner Dharam Vir said.

The district administration has made a total of 457 polling stations in all the 35 wards and two constables would be deployed at each ward. “Ideally there should be one but we will post one more for safety sake,” he said.

Police commissioner SS Deswal said candidates who indulge in defacement of posters, banners or chant slogans will be blacklisted and will not be allowed to contest.