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Comprehensive bandobust scheme drafted for polls

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Instilling confidence: Police and para-military personnel taking out a flag march in Tiruchi on Sunday.
Instilling confidence: Police and para-military personnel taking out a flag march in Tiruchi on Sunday.

R. Rajaram

Para-military force to be posted at 56 sensitive booths

TIRUCHI: The police is gearing up for the smooth conduct of the Parliamentary polls here and has drafted a comprehensive bandobust scheme.

Over 1,500 city police personnel would be utilised for bandobust duty and deployed at various polling booths and other vantage areas on the polling day.

In addition to the local police strength, three companies of para-military force personnel would also be deployed to add teeth to the bandobust arrangements.

About 150 ex-servicemen and 100 members of Home Guards would also be drafted for poll duty.

As part of the security arrangements, 47 mobile parties would be constituted with each team comprising five police personnel headed by a Sub Inspector.

The teams would be on rounds in the areas earmarked for them to ensure that everything was in place and order was maintained.

Pickets would be posted in 20 places in city limits.

Of the total number of 621 polling booths in city limits, as many as 56 have been identified as “sensitive” based on past experiences and previous incidents, sources said adding that para-military personnel would be deployed along with local police in these booths.

Booth-wise deployment

The booth-wise deployment of police personnel is expected to take place on Tuesday, a day prior to polling. Steps were also being taken to videograph the polling process.

Sources said many pending non-bailable warrants were executed over the past few days and anti-social elements have been booked under various provisions.

Having mobilised men and material, the police authorities conducted a flag march here on Sunday in which para-military personnel also took part.

Led by the Commissioner of Police A. Alexander Mohan, the flag march commenced from the Modern Police Control Room and culminated at Thillai Nagar.

It was taken out to instil confidence among the public.

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