Police will carry out e-surveillance to deal with the elements detrimental to the poll process. Hundreds of cell phone numbers available with unwanted elements will be monitored by teams of specialists when the people will cast their votes.
The teams will hear even the conversation of nearly 200 mobile numbers at a time to pick up clues about what they are up to on the day of polling. The men-in-khaki were doing homework on this front for the last four days and have a list of mobile phone numbers of those who were involved in creating trouble during the last two elections.
A highly placed source told HT that the department adopted a scientific method to deal with such trouble-makers. The scanning of calls and random hearing of conversations will be done assembly segment wise. “We want to know where the people on our surveillance radar are moving to or whom they are talking to. If anything comes up fishy, their number will be placed on listening,” said the source.
The idea, conceived nearly two weeks ago, was adopted after the Armapore violence that claimed two lives. As rumor-mongering was always used as an effective medium for polarising votes during the elections in this communally hypersensitive city, the senior police officials are not ready to take any chances.
“We found that the instructions on the cellphone wrecked havoc in Arampore. This city has people specialising in spreading rumours. So we have decided to stop it and keep this kind of activity under check,” said a senior official.
In this way, the officials have done homework to identify such elements in each assembly segment and collect their numbers.
As part of the plan, all the experts of e-surveillance will not be put on election duty.
The city police, who are at ease for their role limited to maintain law and order, could afford to undertake such tedious task.
“The booths are the responsibility of the paramilitary forces and not ours. Thus, we will be taking on the trouble-makers,” said the official.
Similarly, the police started cracking down on the potential trouble-makers on the eve of election as a preventive measure.
Several people were arrested from different parts of the city and more arrests are likely to take place during the night. Besides, elaborate security arrangements have been made at all the places identified as the troubled spots in recent survey conducted by the police.
Inspector general of police, Kanpur Zone, Javeed Ahmed said the police were fully prepared to meet any eventuality. And anyone trying to create problems would face the music, he added.