With the first phase of panchayat elections round the corner, SP V Ravinder suggested that leaders and persons who do not have their names in the voters list should leave their respective revenue divisions 44 hours before the elections commence. The stipulated time begins from 5pm on July 21 after the poll campaign ends.
Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he told that all security arrangements have been made for the first phase of panchayat elections in Manthani and Peddapalli divisions scheduled to be held on July 23.
“We will ensure security with 5,000 police personnel including 12 platoons of Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP) and 6 platoons of CRPF to conduct the elections in a smooth and fair manner. We have erected 10 checking posts across the district. After the code of conduct came into force, about 9 criminal cases were registered and 22 persons were arrested,” he said.
Enforcement staff too registered 181 cases and arrested 242 persons while working towards curbing spread of illicit liquor, he added.
Revealing that around 71 weapons have been deposited at various police stations as against 200 in the district, the SP requested all licensed weapon holders to deposit their arms at nearby police stations as everyone, including politicians, has to abide by the norms until the election code of conduct is in force. In view of elections, the police department is putting up special surveillance at villages, and circulating pamphlets to create awareness among the people regarding the code of conduct.
Stating that officers on special duty (OSDs) are conducting combing operations in the eastern division forest villages, he appealed to the people to vote without any fear, and exercise their democratic right. Additional SP B Janardhan Reddy and OSD L Subbarayudu were present.