Gurugram Police beefs up security ahead of voting on October 21
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Gurugram Police beefs up security ahead of voting on October 21

About 4,000 police personnel, including home guards will be deployed on 172 booths.

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The Gurugram Police has beefed up security across the city ahead of polling for the assembly elections scheduled to be held on October 21. 

About 4,000 police personnel, including home guards will be deployed on 1172 booths located in four assembly constituencies in the Gurugram district to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.

The police have made extensive security arrangements at all the booths. About 80 booths have been identified as critical and vulnerable at which central paramilitary personnel will also be deployed.

In this regard, Gurugram Police Commissioner Mohammad Akil convened a meeting with the police officials to chalk out a detailed plan for the election. All DCPs, ACPs, SHOs and other concerned officials were present during the meeting.

The Police Commissioner instructed all the officials present to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, which, he said was also the responsibility of the police. He asserted that the Gurugram Police would keep a close watch on all types of activities,  including by criminal and antisocial elements, to disrupt the process and will foil their nefarious designs.

“Extensive police arrangements have been made by the Gurugram Police to maintain law and order during the polling. To ensure peaceful and fair voting, a sufficient number of police personnel have been deployed,” said Akil.

Calling it the responsibility of the police to conduct peaceful and fair elections, he said the police would deliver EVMs to safe designated places, protect them, assure people to cast their vote freely without any pressure, prohibit entry of unwanted items around the polling station. 

The police has been carrying out a strict checking, flag marches in different areas of Gurugram district for the last several days. The police commissioner informed that all this could continue.

Gurugram district will have polling booths in urban, semi-urban and rural areas for lakhs of voters in different state assembly constituencies. Deployments of police, SPO and home guards are made in all the constituencies. Security has been tightened at sensitive and highly sensitive booths in compliance with Election Commission guidelines.

During the election, all SHOs will be present in their respective areas with forces to maintain law and order so that no person can be able to disrupt the election process.

Crime units have also been deployed during the polling and in-charge of crime branches will continue to patrol along with their teams and action will be taken immediately against any person violating the law and order. For better communication, special staff has been deployed in the police control room, who will be in constant contact with all the police stations, patrolling parties etc.

Inter-district and inter-state blocks will be set up so that no outsiders are able to disrupt the election process.

In addition to these, licensed weapons are being deposited while illegal weapons have already been seized before the vote. The items being distributed as bribes to the voters are being monitored. Alcohol and other intoxicants are being seized in large number from different parts of the district.

The commissioner also made an appeal to the people to cast their vote in a peaceful manner, maintain law and order and report if they notice any type of suspicious activities to the police immediately. He urged the people not to spread rumours and inform the police immediately about these.