State police not to guard EVMs during upcoming state polls
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 14:05
  
New Delhi: State police in poll-bound Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh will be kept away from guarding the strong rooms where the Electronic Voting Machines will be stored after polling.

The Central Police Force (CPF) would guard the strong rooms round the clock where the polled EVMs would be kept till the day of counting, the Election Commission has said.

The Commission has directed the Chief Electoral Officers of these three states to take this additional security measure in view of availability of adequate number of CPF for the assembly polls.

EC sources said that while deployment of CPF in Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh was normal, more security forces have been sent to Naxal-affected places like Gadchiroli in Maharashtra in order to ensure peaceful polling.

Reviewing the preparedness with DGPs and Home Secretaries of Maharashtra and Haryana as also adjoining states earlier this week, the EC had given a series of guidelines to them.

It had directed the poll-bound states to conduct raids to unearth illicit arms, liquor and explosives manufacturing units and crack down on organised criminal syndicates, known smugglers, history sheeters and anti-social elements.

Bureau Report


First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 14:05


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