: Armed personnel attached to Railway Protection Special Force arrived in Tuticorin on Wednesday ahead of Assembly polls. Tight vigil would be maintained to ensure free and fair poll with the deployment of adequate security personnel at polling stations. Security would be strengthened additionally in sensitive booths and places vulnerable to problems. Four personnel form Central Paramilitary Force would be deputed to each of the sensitive booths across the district, K.A. Senthil Velan, Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu here on Wednesday.
Police personnel had been engaged in monitoring places round the clock to avert any wrongdoing. Since the implementation of model code of conduct, 70 cases had been booked against offenders on charges of violating the model code of conduct.
During the previous week, preventive arrests of 78 persons were made in the district. Besides, 14 antisocial elements had been taken to judicial custody.
Later, a meeting was convened at the Collectorate. Presiding, Collector and District Election Officer C.N. Maheswaran sought the details of availability of laptops in educational institutions regarding electoral proceedings. The district has a total of 357 laptops from government and aided educational institutions. Faculty members with computer knowledge should extend cooperation in training the personnel. The vulnerable polling booths would have laptops to monitor the electoral proceedings. Poll proceedings would be videographed, he said. The meeting was attended by Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, C.K. Veeranan, Chief Education Officer, M.S. Parimala, Additional Chief Education Officer, B. Bagavathi, National Informatics Centre personnel, Kumar, Tasildar (Election) N. Samuel, and Personal Assistant to Collector (Election), C. Rajendran.