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.