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Punjab on alert to check flow of liquor before polling

None  Chandigarh, April 24, 2014
First Published: 20:57 IST(24/4/2014) | Last Updated: 20:59 IST(24/4/2014)
With all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab going to polls on April 30, a comprehensive plan has been chalked out to check any flow of liquor or money to woo voters.

"A comprehensive plan has been chalked out to keep maximum alertness during 48 hours before polls to check any flow of liquor or money to woo voters," State's Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said today.

He said flying squads and static surveillance teams have been asked to be more proactive with clear instructions to district police chiefs to ensure availability of sufficient force during that 48-hour period, which would be observed as dry days.

He said liquor vends in 3 km area of adjoining states like Haryana, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan would remain shut during that period.

Singh also informed that 82 notices have been issued for suspected cases of Paid News.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer B Purushartha said that for ensuring free and fair polls 440 sensitive polling stations would be monitored through web casting.

Punjab has around 1.95 crore voters, of whom around 90 lakh are women.
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