TAMIL NADU

7,500 personnel for poll duty, sensitive booths identified

CHENNAI May 29. A total of 7,500 police personnel would be deployed for the byelections in Saidapet, Acharapakkam and Vaniyambadi Assembly constituencies on May 31, the Director-General of Police, B.P.Nailwal, told presspersons here today.

Additional personnel would be posted in "sensitive booths and areas'' to prevent any untoward incident.

Answering a question on violation of campaign timings and the action taken by the police, the DGP said he had not received any information. ``We are always impartial and will be impartial.''

Presiding officers at polling stations would identify bogus voters and hand them over to the investigating teams, he said.

Mr.Nailwal said a total of 3,000 personnel, including 10 CRPF and CISF companies and nine TSP companies, in Saidapet, 2,500, including strike forces, mobile parties and pickets in Vaniyambadi and 2,000 in Acharapakkam constituencies, would be on duty.

Election control rooms would also be set up.

The police had identified 100 politically and communally sensitive booths in Vaniyambadi, 50 in Acharapakkam and 75 in Saidapet.

In addition to the regular bandobust, each sensitive polling station would be provided a sub-inspector, a head constable and three Armed Reserve/TSP constables as pickets.

In Vaniyambadi, ``sensitive areas'' would be provided additional bandobust of a head constable and four constables. Each ``hypersensitive area'' would be provided a sub-inspector and a section of Armed Reserve personnel.

Twenty-two mobile parties, each covering 10 to 11 polling stations, would be pressed into service.

There would be 17 strike forces, each under an inspector's control.

There would be strike forces also under the supervision of DSPs, SPs, DIGs and Inspectors-General of Police.

Check posts would be set up to keep a vigil on the movement of anti-social elements.

Separate police parties would be formed to receive election-related complaints.

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