70000 police personnel to man security during polling for Delhi assy

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) A thick security blanket will be thrown around the Capital city during polling for the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections on November 29 with nearly 70000 police personnel manning security to ensure free and fair polling.

''A total of 34000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed on polling booths, pickets and patrolling to ensure free and fair elections for 69 seats of the Delhi Legislative Assembly which go to polls on November 29. Further, about 18000 home guards from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and 18 companies of outside force have also been deployed for elecvtion arrangements,'' Jt Commissioner of Police Karnail Singh told reporters here.

Additional force has been deployed at sensitive and hyper sensitive booths at border pickets. Further, additional mobile force at three platoon carriers per police station beside mobile force with ACPs, Additional DCPs, DCPs and Jt CP ranges will patrol the whole of Delhi to meet any emergency.

In addition, crime teams, bomb disposal squads, Delhi Police ambulances and CAT ambulances have also been deployed to tackle any exigency, Mr Singh said.

He said 20 reserve companies of the police force will be kept aside to take care of any emergency on the polling days.

The focus of the police personnel on duty will be on mobility and communication.

''Every police officer on duty is expected to be impartial in their behaviour. Any policeman who is seen to show partiality will be meted out strict action,''Mr Singh said.

Polling for 69 Assembly constituencies will be held in 10,985 booths located in 2509 premises. 264 booths in Delhi have been declatred as sensitive and hypersensitive.

The maximum number of 50 sensitive booths have been located in South East district while the maximum number of hypersensitive booths are in North East District.

Mr Singh said the Delhi police had taken strict action against those violating the model code of conduct. From the date of announcement of elections till today, about 103 vehicles and 28 loudspeakers have been seized for the violation of the model code of conduct.

Action under preventive sections has been taken against 1027 persons. 13 persons have been booked under the Arms Act. Under the excise act, 227 cases have been registered and 238 persons have been arrested.

In its drive against bootleggers, 12645 bottles, 2318 halves, 45286 quarters, 136 litres of liquor and 35 vehicles carrying liquor have been seized.

The Delhi Police has registered 1635 cases under the West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Peroperty Act and arrested 735 people in this regard. 15303 hoardings, banners, posters, wall writings have been removed and seized in the above cases.


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