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Punjab civic polls: 6,800 cops keep vigil in Amritsar, Jalandhar

4,000 police personnel will be deployed in Amritsar and 2,800 in Jalandhar to ensure peaceful polling on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2017 13:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Jalandhar
Punjab civic polls,Amritsar,Jalandhar
The police are checking sarais, hotels and guest houses to keep tabs on anti-social elements.(Sameer Sehgal/HT )

With the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Paty (SAD-BJP) alliance raising apprehensions of excesses by Congress workers on the day of polling, police have deployed 6,800 personnel in Amritsar and Jalandhar.

In Amritsar, 4,000 police personnel will be deployed and the administration has set up 748 polling booths at 365 polling stations. As many as 118 polling stations have been declared hyper-sensitive, 155 sensitive and 92 non-sensitive. A total of 2,100 police personnel have been deployed at the poling stations, said police commissioner SS Srivastava.

Srivastava said 35 patrolling parties have been constituted for surveillance of every nook and corner of the city to prevent any untoward situation. Reserve parties have also been deployed with station house officers and police post in-charges to ensure peaceful and fair elections, he said.

Srivastava said nakas have been put up in the city and surrounding areas to check vehicles and suspicious people.

The police are checking sarais, hotels and guest houses to keep tabs on anti-social elements.

“Strict action would be taken against those found in interfering in the poll process. The polling day has been declared as dry day and nobody will be allowed to carry explosive substances, sharp-edged weapons and arms,” he said.

In Jalandhar, the city police have deployed 2,800 cops with multi-tier security arrangements to ensure peaceful polling on Sunday.

Police commissioner Praveen Kumar Sinha said 1,700 police personnel have been deployed at 265 polling stations which have 554 polling booths.

As many as 37 patrolling parties will keep vigil and 30 nakas will be put up to prevent unlawful activities, Sinha said.

“Twenty reserve police parties comprising 205 personnel have been constituted. The 12 police stations of the city have been assigned to as many assistant commissioners of police (ACPs),” Sinha said.

Once counting will be over additional police force will be deployed to maintain law and order situation during victory processions of the candidates.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 22:09 IST