DGP directs steps to ensure fair and peaceful Panchayat polls
The director general of police, Anil K Raturi stressed that police force should be used properly at polling centres to prevent any undesirable incident during the three-tier Panchayat election. The DGP said this while presiding over a video-conference with police officers concerned of the districts regarding the Panchayat election on Friday.
He directed the districts in-charge to ensure fair and peaceful Panchayat elections and also to read the guidelines sent by the State Election Commission for ensuring observance of the same. The elections are to be held in all district expect Haridwar with polling to be held in three phases on October 5, 11 and 16. The counting of votes is to be held on October 21.
The director general (Crime & Law and Order) Ashok Kumar informed that in order to ensure peaceful and fair Panchayat elections, about 8,000 police personnel, 25 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), 3,500 Home Guard personnel and 3,000 Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD) personnel will be deployed. A total of 8,063 polling centres and 9,862 polling booths have been set up for these elections, he informed.
Raturi and Kumar directed that senior superintendent of police/superintendent of police should visit the polling centres and record important details about each centre. The vulnerability/criticality of polling centres should be done on the basis of geography, communical sensitivity, political animosity and other factors. In coordination with the district magistrate, attempt should be made to install CCTV cameras from block level in the strong rooms.
The verification of arms licenses is quite less and should be increased. They also directed that preventive actions be stepped up against mischevious elements under relevant sectiosn of CrPC, Goonda and Gangster Acts. Those who spread communal material or misinformation during the elections should be monitored and the actions of such elements on the social media should also be kept under observation. Assessing the incidents which took place during the 2014 Panchayat elections, special vigilance should be observed in areas sensitive from the casteist and communal points of view. Further, action should be taken under the Gangster Act against people involved in the sale of illicit liquor.
Saturday, 28 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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