Security has been beefed up in the wake of polling for 10 assembly seats and one parliamentary seat, which will start from Saturday.
Police force has been put on high alert in the sensitive areas of the city. To ensure the safety and security of people during the poll process, the city police organised a flag march in the sensitive areas on Friday.
Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF) Omprakash and SP Crime Sripat Misra led the flag march. Police force in around 12 trucks, 2 ‘vajra’ vehicles, 6 police cars, 10 police gypsy’s and 6 police jeeps marched in Kakadev, Collectorganj, Govind Nagar, Civil Lines, Juhi, Raipurwa, Swaroop Nagar areas.
City police along with the Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) checked the barriers and watchtowers on Friday as per the CEC’s directives. Anti-sabotage units were also pressed into service.
About 757 sections of CPM forces and 47 sections of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) will be deployed at the 944 polling centres in the city. The city police have also identified 237 hypersensitive polling centres, 186 sensitive and 521 ordinary polling centres. Despite the fact, the CEC had directed that there should be no classification of the polling centre as hypersensitive, sensitive and normal polling centre.
To check the crowd and supporters of candidates from entering the polling booths, the Central Para Military Forces have put up a blockade outside the polling centres.
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) had asked the city police chief to arrange adequate paramilitary forces for conducting peaceful and
fair election in the city.
SSP Alok Singh said that all the instructions of the CEC’s will be directly delivered to the district authorities and the district election officer. The responsibility of holding fair polling was given to paramilitary forces, he said.