Mathura, Dec 23, 2016: With the nearing of assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh police have begun preparations to identify more than 80 booths in Mathura as sensitive and planning to deploy additional armed security personnel at hyper-sensitive booths. Although, Election Commission is yet to announce the schedule for the polls.
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Station House Officers (SHOs) and Circle Officers have been asked to make regular visits to their areas and take feedback, said DIG Agra Range, Mahesh Kumar Mishra. “86 sensitive booths in Mathura have been identified and work to ensure free and fair polling have started,” he said.
Mishra said, additional armed police personnel would be deployed in “hyper-sensitive” booths like Bishambhara, Hathia, Dauseras, Madhaura and Mudseras, mentioned PTI report. When asked about the submission of licensed arms ahead of polls, he said, since the record of such arms is available with the respective police stations, “there would be no problem to identify such people and ensure implementation.”
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A clear message has been sent by the senior police officer that strict action will be taken against those possessing illegal arms and their manufacturers and dealers. He has ordered SHOs and other senior police officers in a meeting to take tough action against criminals and ensure that an environment conducive for free and fair voting is created.
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“While the police have been asked to take preventive steps against people with criminal record, they have been told to record details about their present profession also,” he said.
Mishra took feedback about the election arrangements from police stations during the meeting and instructed them to stick to guidelines given by the Election Commission. He also warned some officers who wanted to dispose of their duties.
– prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon