Police to ensure free and fair elections in Jammu and Kashmir: DIG

Jammu and Kashmir police is fully geared to deal with any eventuality during the upcoming Assembly elections in the state as all the contingency plans have been kept in place to deal with any untoward incident, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 28, 2014, 17:44 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir police is fully geared to deal with any eventuality during the upcoming Assembly elections in the state as all the contingency plans have been kept in place to deal with any untoward incident, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

"Police is fully geared up to deal with any eventuality and we will ensure that free and fair elections are conducted," DIG Police Jammu-Kathua range Shakeel Ahmed Beig said.

He said security forces would be kept on high alert during the election process in Jammu and strict vigil would be maintained on all the routes leading to the international border to thwart nefarious designs of terrorist outfits.

"The Army and BSF are there guarding the frontiers, Jammu and Kashmir police will also be on high alert. Apart from regular deployment, several quick reaction teams (QRT) would be set and special police checkpoints will be established," Beig said.

In the past the terrorists, who had managed to sneak into the Indian side from across the border, used private vehicles to enter the city and carry out terrorist attacks, but during the elections police would not let its guard down.

"During the elections all the vehicles coming from the border areas would be frisked before they enter the Jammu city," he said.

He said that the deployment of security forces to guard the polling booth would depend on the threat perception of the particular polling booth.

"There are three types of polling booths – normal, sensitive and hyper sensitive -- and security force deployment would depend on the classification of the booth," he said.

He said the police force would follow the guidelines of Election Commission in providing security to the candidates.

"We will follow the instructions from the Election commission of India, security would be given as per the threat perception to the candidates," Beig said.

Police would make sure that the voters are provided an atmosphere where they are allowed to exercise their franchise without intimidation, he said.

"We assure you that all the guidelines from the Election Commission of India for holding free and fair elections are followed. Action would be taken against anyone who is found intimidating the voters," Beig said.

He said the deployment and redeployment of police would be made during the election process.

"Deployment and redeployment would be done to ensure proper conduct of electioneering process here," he said.

To conduct free and fair elections in the state, Jammu and Kashmir government has sought 565 companies of security forces for their deployment in the state during the five phases of the Assembly elections in the state.

Polling will take place on November 25, December 2, 9, 14 and 20 in the state.