About 85,000 personnel, drawn from the State and the Central Reserve Police Force will be deployed to ensure free and fair polls across the State, Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) M.N. Reddi said.
Briefing the media on the security arrangements for the single phase Lok Sabha elections scheduled on Thursday, Mr. Reddi said of the 85,000 personnel, there includes 60,000 police personnel from the State, 40 companies of the State Reserve Police Force, 14,458 Home Guards, 1,200 civil defence personnel, along with 4,000 Home Guards from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to ensure peaceful elections.
Among the 54,294 polling booths in 35,200 locations, 8,658 are classified as hyper-sensitive, 14,400 sensitive and the remaining normal, he said. Of the 85,000 police personnel, a total of 104 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) comprising Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force and armed police from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have also been deputed.
On the day of elections, the State police will depute mobile parties to ensure law and order at 30 to 40 polling booths each, coming in their jurisdiction. These mobile parties will be supervised by an Inspector and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Reddi said. Hyper-sensitive booths will be guarded by the CAPF on the polling day and assisted by the regular police and Home Guards.
In addition to this, 40 companies comprising State Reserve Police Force and District Armed Reserve police have been set up to attend to law and order problems within their patrolling areas, he said. Special bandobust schemes have been made in police booths situated in naxal-affected areas. The Anti Naxal Force, the CAPF and the KSRP platoons have been deployed to monitor the law and order situation, Mr. Reddi said.
The State police initiated preventive steps much before the election dates were announced to ensure a conducive atmosphere for free and fair elections, Mr. Reddi said, adding that the State police have rounded up 13,365 anti-social elements from August 2013 and another 14,700 such elements have been rounded up after the election date was announced.
With this the State police have detained 28,065 persons under preventive detention, which Mr. Reddi claimed as one of the largest preventive detention activities in the State so far.