Delhi Police Gears Up for Lok Sabha Elections with Extensive Security Measures

Preeti Bali / 2:22 pm / May 24, 2024

The Delhi Police, in preparation for the Lok Sabha elections, has mobilized 60,000 personnel, including 51 paramilitary companies and 13,500 home guards from Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. Drones and CCTV cameras will also be utilized to ensure a smooth polling process.

Election Schedule and Polling Centers

The voting for Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha seats, namely East Delhi, New Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, and Chandani Chowk, is set for May 25, during the penultimate phase of the elections.

Detailed Security Arrangements

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Election Cell) Sanjay Sehrawat informed that comprehensive security arrangements are in place to guarantee peaceful elections in the capital. Approximately 60,000 police personnel will be on duty on election day, with at least 33,000 stationed at voting centers. Out of 2,628 polling centers, 429 have been identified as sensitive, warranting additional paramilitary personnel, drones, and CCTV surveillance.

Additional Security Measures

About 13,500 home guards from various states and 4,000 from Delhi will be deployed to enhance security. The traffic police and PCR units will also monitor their respective areas. Delhi, which has 1.52 crore voters, will see intensified border checks with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to prevent illegal activities, coordinated by officers in collaboration with their counterparts from neighboring states.

Pre-Election Security Actions

The Delhi Police has confiscated approximately Rs 14 crore in unaccounted cash since the Model Code of Conduct was implemented. To maintain order, flag marches, foot patrols, and area domination exercises have been conducted across various parts of Delhi.

Leadership and Community Assurance

Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order, Zone II) Madhup Tewari led a flag march and area domination exercise in the South East and South Districts, covering areas like Jamia, Shaheen Bagh, and Okhla Industrial Area. Tewari emphasized the police’s commitment to creating a secure environment for voters, aiming to prevent incidents and build community trust.

Encouragement to Voters

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) SK Jain urged citizens to exercise their voting rights confidently. He reassured that police teams are working tirelessly to ensure a peaceful election and encouraged voters to report any electoral malpractices or suspicious activities to the Delhi Police Control Room at 112.

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