CHENNAI: Ahead of the December 21 RK Nagar bypoll, security has been beefed up in the constituency with the deployment of more than 1,000 police personnel. Polling had earlier been scheduled for April 12 but was rescinded after income tax raids found huge money flow to influence voters.
Eleven checkpoints have been erected with the drop gate facility to monitor the vehicles and almost 135 history-sheeters arrested, said Additional Commissioner of Police (North and West) H M Jayaram.
The licensed gun owners have been asked to submit their guns. As of now 29 people deposited their firearms with the police.
To supplement the 12 Gypsy patrol vehicles already present in the area, 12 more vehicles have been borrowed to monitor suspicious movements.
All 256 booths in the constituency will be treated as sensitive, said H M Jayaram and patrolling across the area will happen round the clock.
The areas in the RK Nagar constituency fall under seven police station limits in Washermenpet district and under one Kodungaiyur police station limit in Pulianthope district. Each police station is divided into four sub-parts and each one will have four patrol vehicles. Each station will be manned by three inspectors pooled in from other areas.
The city police are also installing more than 100 CCTV cameras in the area, which the police team can monitor on their mobile phones. The cameras, enabled with 3G technology, transmit the footage to mobile phones and tablets of senior police officers. Because of live streaming, any commotion, obscene or drunken behaviour, brawls and several other untoward situations can be monitored and handled far more easily than before using this system.
“The cameras will be connected to a router and will transmit data via 3G connection. The footage can be streamed and viewed within minutes on our mobile phones or laptops through a special software,” said Joint Commissioner of Police, North, R Sudhakar.