Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: Chittoor district Collector S.S. Rawat on Wednesday convened district level meeting with the police, transport, excise, revenue and such other core departments which would be involved in the election-related duties.

The Collector sought to put it across to all concerned that section 144 Cr PC has been clamped on the district with immediate effect and that any violation of the rule and the election code which is already in force would be sternly dealt with.

Permission compulsory

He said without the prior permission of the police officials concerned, no rallies and public meetings would be allowed and said that the rule applied even to the processions to be taken out by the candidates for filing of nominations.

The Collector said in all about 280 villages have been identified as hyper-sensitive and 287 as problematic villages which would be kept under special scanner to prevent any untoward incident.

He wanted the Excise Department to keep a close watch on the movement of illicit liquor from within the district and from across the neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as well through the porous district borders.

He said in all about 18,000 personnel would be on polling duty in addition to the police personnel who would be deployed on election duty.

Among other officials who participated in the review meeting were the Superintendent of Police, V.V. Gopalakrishna and the RDOs of Tirupati, Chittoor and Madanapalle.