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CLEAN DRIVE: Corporation workers removing posters put up by political parties in the city on Monday. PHOTO: S. JAMES.
CLEAN DRIVE: Corporation workers removing posters put up by political parties in the city on Monday. PHOTO: S. JAMES.

Staff Reporter

Three companies of Central Industrial Security Force posted at vulnerable points

MADURAI: Security has been tightened in the Madurai Central constituency where by-election is scheduled on October 11. Campaigning came to a close in the constituency on Monday.

With a few incidents of alleged violence and money distribution to voters drawing the attention of the Election Commission, the city police have enhanced bandobust.

Three companies of Central Industrial Security Force took position at vulnerable points in the constituency on Sunday.

At least 14 check-posts have been established for vehicle checks to prevent the entry of "outsiders" and "anti-social" elements into the constituency.

While executing 64 non-bailable arrest warrants, the police apprehended 30 history-sheeters.

All the 204 licenced weapons, except those used for bank security, were taken into temporary custody. The constituency has been divided into two divisions with a Deputy Commissioner of Police heading each.

According to the Commissioner of Police, M. Chidambarasamy, nine police stations in the constituency have been brought under the control of an officer in the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police each.

"Apart from a team comprising one Inspector and one Tahsildar to attend to complaints of model code violations, 15 teams have been formed to check lodges and marriage halls. A flag march was held on October 8 to instil confidence among the voters," he said.

Several meetings with police officials and all-party representatives were organised to ensure that the model code of conduct was strictly complied with, he added.

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