17,000 cops on duty to ensure free polls

Commissioner of Police, Raghavendra H Auradkar on Friday said foolproof security arrangements have been made for the polling on Sunday.

Of the 6,450 polling booths in the City, the police have identified 2,400 as hypersensitive and 2,000 as sensitive and provided additional security at such booths. Karnataka State Reserve Police mobile squads are stationed between every two polling booths as a back-up force, he said. Around 4,000 personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force would be deployed during the polling and every 15 polling station would be assigned one traffic unit.

The police have identified 276 sensitive areas that are prone to group clash and 256 of them have been fitted with CCTV cameras for surveillance. Over 1,000 civil defence personnel have been designated as special police officers, who along with the traffic wardens, would assist the police force in maintaining law and order. In all, 17,000 police personnel would be on election duty. As many as 20 probationary IPS officers would work alongside an assistant commissioner of police for practical experience during election, he stated.

Auradkar said they have seized Rs 1.5 crore cash, 1,015 litres of liquor, gifts worth Rs 17 lakh till today.

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