ITANAGAR: At least 8000 security personnel would be deployed for the panchayat and municipal elections to be held in a single phase in Arunachal Pradesh on December 22, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Chukhu Apa said.
Nine companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), besides 7,517 personnel of police, India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Arunachal Pradesh Police Battalion (APPB) would be deployed for the rural and civic polls, Apa informed media persons.
The state police have taken several security measures, including tracking those with criminal records, deposition of firearms and night patrolling, to ensure the peaceful conduct of election.
IGP (Law and Order) Chukhu Apa has informed media persons that 7,517 State Police personnel, including those from the civil police, IRBn and APPBn, and nine companies of the CRPF (comprising around 700 personnel) will be deployed in 1,496 polling stations spread across the State to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls.
Out of 1,496 polling stations, 536 have been identified as sensitive and 258 as hypersensitive, the IGP said. Two personnel would be deployed for normal polling stations, three for sensitive and four for hypersensitive booths.
When asked whether any arrangements have been made for the police personnel on election duty, he said, “We are asking for postal ballot for cops on poll duty.”
According to Itanagar Capital Region SP Jimmy Chiram, who was also present during the press briefing, since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect, the city police has seized more than 400 litres of liquor, 177 daos (machetes) and a few arms, besides baseball sticks and weapon-like items.
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