Andhra Pradesh

1.06 lakh police personnel to be deployed in State for elections

Tight security: About 1,200 police personnel equipped with body-worn cameras will be positioned at the polling stations, says Additional Director-General (Law and Order) A. Ravi Shankar.

Tight security: About 1,200 police personnel equipped with body-worn cameras will be positioned at the polling stations, says Additional Director-General (Law and Order) A. Ravi Shankar.  

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Special focus on 702 booths in Naxal-hit areas; 494 check-posts set up

A posse of 1.06 police personnel would be deployed to ensure peaceful conduct of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to be held on April 11 in the State. Besides, Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP) and paramilitary forces would also be deployed, Additional Director General (Law and Order) A. Ravi Shankar has said.

Of the total 45,920 polling stations in the State, 702 have been identified as Naxalite-affected and the Police Department have planned to constitute 660 flying squads, 940 striking forces, 249 special striking forces, 616 and static surveillance teams. A majority of the extremist-affected booths are in Visakhapatnam Rural and East Godavari districts, he said.

In a bid to check the flow of unaccounted cash and liquor through the Inster-State borders, as many as 494 check-posts, including 74 inter-State border check-posts would be set up, apart from 1,648 pickets. Flag marches would be conducted in problematic areas and in the areas with ‘critical’ polling stations.

Helicopters and drones would be pressed into service to air-drop forces and spot Maoists’ movements along the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and other Naxal-affected areas. About 1,200 police personnel equipped with body-worn cameras would be positioned at the polling stations, Mr. Ravishankar said.

Executive Magistrates

For the first time, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has conferred the power of Executive Magistrates to about 7,000 revenue employees who will accompany the striking, static and surveillance teams and flying squads.

“All the seizures will be done in the presence of Executive Magistrates. The evidence and the statements recorded in their presence is admissible in the court of law. Police can prove the cases registered during elections and punish the guilty,” the Additional DG pointed out.

Further, measures are being initiated to deploy heavy forces along the inter-State borders to check carrying of cash and liquor and entry of criminals from the neighbouring States. Instructions have been issued to Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) to visit the ‘critical’ polling stations without fail ahead of the elections, he said.

As many as 8,523 weapons have been deposited when compared to the 10,112 arms for which licence have been issued in the State. More than 7,000 non-bailable warrants (NBWs) have been executed and 7,344 rowdy-sheeters, suspect, people with KD-sheets and offenders involved in poll related cases have been bound over so far.

₹7.91 cr. seized in 3 days

In the last three days after the Model Code of Conduct came into force, the police have seized about ₹7.91 crore in cash, 30.6 kg of gold, 93.38 kg of ganja. In all, 201 cases have been booked for maintaining liquor stocks illegally and 2,427 litres of IML and arrack have been seized during raids, Mr. Ravishankar added.

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