Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel are keeping a strict vigil over the sealed strong room that houses the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at the Bharatidasan College, Puducherry.
The second and third layers of security have also been taken care of. Personnel of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Puducherry Police have been deployed for safe guarding the machines at the college. The entire area has been illuminated with high-power lights to facilitate an easy monitoring of the premises and to keep track of the developments round the clock.
The Director General of Police, P. Kamaraj, who reviewed the arrangements with the police officials, told The Hindu that elaborate arrangements had been made and clear instructions given to the officials to ensure foolproof security. No outsider would be allowed in the prohibited area.
Omvir Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Law & Order, said that as a precautionary measure, fire tenders and fire-fighting equipment had been put in place. Maximum restrictions would be followed in the vicinity of the strong room. Authorised representatives of political parties and candidates could visit the counting centre to get the first-hand information about the nature of the security. But they would be frisked at the entrance and no one would be allowed without valid documents.