Events only at permitted places; no change in routes: Police Commissioner

Permission for public meetings and rallies of political parties would be granted on first come, first served basis, said City Police Commissioner Shailesh Kumar Yadav here on Saturday.

All public meetings should be held only after obtaining due permission from the jurisdictional police stations. The events should be held only at the permitted places and no change in routes of the rallies would be allowed.

Loud speakers should not be used between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and no campaign would be allowed after 10 p.m. Cone type speakers would not be allowed, Mr. Yadav said chairing a meeting with representatives of political parties to brief them on the rules to be followed during the Lok Sabha elections.

He also urged parties and candidates to desist from instigating communal, caste, or racial hatred during campaign. Parties and candidates should not campaign in and around places of worship and hospital. They should also refrain from personal attacks on leaders or cadre of the parties. Reiterating that no wall writings should be made on public and private buildings, Mr. Yadav told the parties that wall writings, banners, and other forms of publicity would not be allowed in public places.

Each candidate would be issued only three campaign vehicles. The permission slip should be displayed on the vehicles.

An election control room has been set up at the office of the City Police Commissioner and complaints could be lodged by dialling 2331043 or the police emergency number 100. Mr. Yadav also instructed police officers to conduct frequent checks at all marriage halls, hotels, guest houses, and community halls. Cash or liquor found to be distributed to voters should be seized.

Police officers should not enter polling stations without permission from authorised officers. Speeches of important political leaders should be video and audio recorded, he said, and urged police to function without any bias and treat all political parties equally.

Records such as registers on political meetings, permission granted for use of loud speakers, rallies, and street campaign, polling stations, gun return register, and forecast and incident registers should be maintained properly in all police stations.