1.22 lakh security forces to be deployed for polls: DGP
DGP: 1.22 Lakh Security Forces to be Deployed for Polls, 1.22 lakh police personnel to be deployed include around 72,000 of civil police and Armed Reserve, besides around 10,500 home guards. About 284 Central paramilitary companies and 69 AP Special Police (APSP) companies will be deployed.
Hyderabad: To ensure that the second phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State are peaceful on Wednesday, police have made elaborate arrangements to meet any eventuality. After the by-and-large peaceful first-phase, they have geared up for smooth conduct of the second phase in Seemandhra on Wednesday. Police, which is aiming a repeat performance of what it did during the April 30 poll in Telangana, have deployed over 1.22 lakh security forces in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, where elections for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats will be held.
Briefing the media on the bandobust arrangements, DGP B Prasada Rao said the 1.22 lakh police personnel to be deployed include around 72,000 of civil police and Armed Reserve, besides around 10,500 home guards. About 284 Central paramilitary companies and 69 AP Special Police (APSP) companies will be deployed. ‘I am sure with so much of deployment (of forces) we shall be able to ensure peaceful conduct of polls,’ he said. In extremist-affected districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and East Godavari, Rao said, all necessary counter-measures have been taken to thwart attempts by the CPI-Maoists to disrupt the polls. The Maoists had given a call for poll boycott. Their endeavour is to disrupt the poll process. So we are taking measures to counter any designs of the Maoists, Rao stated.
The ultras also engage action teams which resort to snatching of EVMs in booths, cutting trees and digging roads to create problems for transport of EVMs. Police are aware of such acts and have made arrangements to counter them by inducting personnel of special parties and elite Greyhounds commando force, the DGP said. Four IAF helicopters--two each in Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam--have been stationed for any contingency. Prasada Rao said over Rs 131 crore unaccounted cash was seized by police during checks. Of the amount Rs 48.5 crore was returned to owners after verification of documents. Besides, 90 kg of gold and 825 kg of silver were seized till May 5.