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Steps to ensure free and fair poll: DGP

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All wings of police being deployed for election duty

KANNUR: Director General of Police (DGP) Raman Srivastava has said that the police will resort to tough measures against those attempting to break law and order and involve in violent malpractices such as booth capturing on the polling day.

Mr. Srivastava, who was here on Wednesday to attend a meeting of Superintendents and Deputy Superintendents of Police in Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad and Kozhikode to review the law and order arrangement for the local body elections in the region, instructed the police officers to taken stringent steps against any attempt to disrupt election procedures.The police would ensure all steps for the people to cast their votes without fear, he said.

Stating that the police was duty bound to prevent bogus voting and booth capturing, the DGP said elaborate arrangements were being made to ensure free and fair polling in the State. All wings of the police force, including local police, Armed Police, Special Branch, Crime Branch, Vigilance and women contingent would be deployed for election-related law and order duties. Apart from nearly 10,000 Special Police Officers to be appointed in polling booths, personnel from Excise, Forest and Road Transport Departments would also be pressed into service to man law and order duties.

Eight companies of police personnel from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu would be deployed in sensitive areas in the State. Polling booths would be classified as convenient groups to provide sufficient security arrangements, the DGP said. As many as 1,600 mobile group patrolling units headed by Sub-Inspectors would also attend to law and order problems, he said.

Mr. Srivastava said that special monitoring squads headed by Circle Inspectors and Dy.SPs and striking forces under the control of Additional DGP (Operation) and headed by range DIGs and IGs had also been constituted.

The meeting was attended by IG (North Zone) M.N. Krishnamoorthy, DIG (Kannur Range) V. Shantharam and SPs M. Padmanabhan (Wayanad), P. Sreesukan (Kasaragod) and Mathew Polycarp (Kannur).

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