There is no question of favouritism on the part of the police while discharging duties for Pennagaram Assembly by-poll, said Director-General of Police Letika Saran here on Monday.
The Pattali Makkal Katchi had produced video recordings allegedly showing electoral malpractices in the constituency and claimed there was no action from election officials and the police.
Replying to a specific question at a press conference, the DGP, who was here to address grievances of south zone police personnel, said elaborate arrangements had been made for smooth conduct of the by-election as per the Election Commission's norms.
There were 12 check-posts in the constituency. Along with the police, revenue officials were also involved in the checks. There had been some disputes but videos were there to show that the police were conducting the checks in a transparent manner, Ms. Saran maintained.
Apart from 1,200 police personnel drawn from different locations for election bandobust, Tamil Nadu Special Police had also been deployed. “We will be despatching four more companies soon and already there are Central paramilitary forces.”
The DGP said she had visited the constituency and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements. The public could cast their vote without apprehension on polling day.
To a query on combing operations being conducted in hilly terrains in the State until sometime ago, she replied: “Where there is a threat, we are watching. Based on inputs from intelligence agencies, we act.” As and when alerts, such as the one after the Pune blasts, were received, the police acted swiftly.
Ms. Saran said that she had received 720 petitions from police personnel in the south zone, comprising the southern districts from Theni to Kanyakumari. The petitions included transfer, promotion, punishment and pay anomalies, among others. “All of them will be looked into as per rules by the officers concerned and redressed within a maximum period of six months.”
In other zones — central, west and north — similar grievance redressal meetings were conducted by officers.
The DGP said the case pertaining to Swami Nithyananda had been transferred to the Karnataka police.
Inspector General of Police (South Zone) S.S. Krishnamoorthy, Commissioners of Police A.K. Singh (Tirunelveli) and P. Balasubramanian (Madurai city), Sandeep Mittal (DIG of Police, Madurai Range), Superintendents of Police from southern districts and Deputy Commissioners of Police from Madurai city participated in a review meeting.