A week before counting of votes begins, the police have stepped up security arrangements in Gautam Budh Nagar, with regular flag marches and peace meetings in rural areas.
With Holi also around the corner, the onus on police to ensure peace and stability in Greater Noida villages has increased. The counting of votes will be done on March 11 and Holi is on March 13.
On Sunday, Ajay Sharma, the station house officer of Jewar, conducted a peace meet in two villages under his police station.
Usually, in such meetings, the sarpanch of the village and other important persons discuss the law and order issues pertaining to the village. “Today, we held a peace meeting with residents of Kanigarhi and Ghyasanga villages. We asked them to cooperate with the Election Commission during the code of conduct period and also remain vigilant,” Sharma said.
The police had seized a lot of contraband substances in the build-up to the elections in the district, including illegal liquor, unaccounted cash and marijuana. On several occasions, the police personnel had said they had received tips from their informers in villages, who have remained vigilant and informed them of any wrongdoing.
The police are also making efforts to ensure that the festival is not marred with communal disharmony.
“We have also conducted meetings with representatives of all communities and assured them that the festival will be celebrated in a peaceful manner. Nobody will be forced to play with colours and Hindus will respect the sentiments of people of other faiths,” Sharma said.
Similarly, Sanjay Tyagi, SHO of Dadri police station, has organised 20 peace meetings in various villages under his station area. “Dadri is a sensitive constituency. We have carried out flag marches to assure citizens that they are safe. We will increase the security on March 10, 11 and 12. We will not spare anti-social elements that cause a ruckus on the counting day or Holi,” Tyagi said.
The SHO of Knowledge Park police station has to ensure that students in the several colleges in his area of jurisdiction indulge in festivities peacefully.
“Though many outstation students go back home on Holi, there are still several thousand students in the area and we are prepared to protect them. PCR vans will be deployed to assist women,” Manish Kumar Sharma, SHO, Knowledge Park police station, said.