BENGALURU: City police have made elaborate security arrangements for the BBMP elections scheduled for Saturday. A total of 19,859 policemen and 103 KSRP platoons will be deputed in and around the city. As many as 850 wireless sets and 2,500 hand-held walkie-talkies will be distributed to officials on poll duty for communication.
The City Police Commissioner along with four additional commissioners, two joint commissioners and 19 DCPs will be going around the city on inspection to ensure everything is in place.
Commissioner N S Megharikh told reporters on Thursday that based on the history of the locality, and other law and order parameters, polling booths have been classified as hypersensitive, sensitive and normal. Of the 6,554 booths, 1,700 have been identified as hypersensitive, 1,991 as sensitive and the remaining 2,863 are considered normal.
Each hypersensitive booth will have one head constable, one constable and a Home Guard. Sensitive booths will have a constable and a Home Guard, while the normal ones will have only one constable in charge.
To ensure effective bandobast, 751 mobile squads will be deployed along with 44 supervisory mobile squads across the city. Three picketing points in each police station jurisdiction - a total of 309 - have been established to attend to emergencies, Megharikh added.
As many as 520 PSIs/ASIs and 3,500 head constables/constables from outside have been deployed.
As a precaution, action has been initiated against 1,336 rowdy elements under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to ensure peace. A total of 5,268 firearms have been collected from them in police stations and 1,794 pending warrants against anti-social elements have been executed, Megharikh told reporters.