Police Commissioner Raghavendra H. Auradkar on Monday announced the security arrangements planned by the police in the run-up to the May 5 election and said that strict action would be taken against anti-social elements who indulge in disruptive practices during the process.
Addressing reporters here, he said that the police had identified 236 vulnerable areas for extra protection. As many as 30 companies of central paramilitary forces will providesecurity in these areas, especially among the weaker sections of society. Six teams, comprising officials from the police and other departments, had been appointed in each Assembly constituency under the executive magistrate to monitor any violations of the election code of conduct.
So far, more than 100 excise cases have been registered in connection with the election process.
The police have seized liquor, grocery and other items meant to induce voters. About 70 per cent of pending warrants had been executed as per the instructions of the Election Commission.
He said that of the 7,258 booths, 2,500 were categorised as hypersensitive and 2,000 sensitive and security was being upgraded accordingly.
On Monday, when candidates turned up to file their nomination papers along with their supporters, it slowed down traffic in areas as disparate as Tannery Road, J.C. Road, Bellary Road, Rajarajeshwarinagar.
A huge gathering of supporters of Narayana Gowda, from the Chickpet constituency, went on a procession from V.V. Puram junction towards J.C. Road, affecting traffic.
Eyewitnesses said that there was also a group of police personnel capturing the procession on video.