70,000 police personnel for security during Assembly polls tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) A thick security blanket will be thrown around the national Capital for the 69-seat Delhi Legislative Assembly elections tomorrow with about 70000 police personnel manning security to ensure free and fair polling.

A total of 34000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed at polling booths and pickets besides patrolling.

About 18000 home guards from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and 18 companies comprising of forces from outside Delhi have also been deployed for election arrangements,''Joint Commissioner of Police Karnail Singh said.

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 Karnail Singh added.

He said 20 reserve companies of the police force will be kept aside to take care of any emergency on the polling day. To prevent entry of anti-social elements from the outside, borders meetings have been held by the Delhi police with Haryana and UP countyerparts to ensure sealing of the borders before the elections.

In addition, the Haryana police has been requested to ensure full attendance at the various 'akharas' in the state as there is apprehension of musclemen entering Delhi on the eve of elections.

Eight companies of Delhi police, supported by the local police in Haryana and UP, have been deployed in the border areas.

The Delhi police said the focus will be on mobility and communication.

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

Polling for 69 Assembly constituencies will be held in 10,985 booths located in 2509 premises.

Mr Karnail Singh said the 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 1,027 people. 13 people have been booked under the Arms Act. Under the excise act, 227 cases have been registered and 238 people have been arrested.

In a drive against bootleggers, 60,249 bottles, 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 Property 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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