Security measures for Assam Assembly polls completed

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 20:51

Guwahati: Altogether 35,000 personnel of
various security forces have come to Assam to assist 9,600
jawans in the state to ensure law and order during the
two-phase Assembly polls on April 4 and 11.

The forces would be deployed in different areas of the 126
constituencies in the state, Additional Chief Electoral
Officer, M C Sahu told reporters here today.

Two helicopters have also been kept ready to meet any
emergency, he said.

For the first time SMS-based poll monitoring system would
be implemented through which the state election commission
would be informed about activities in polling stations, he
said.

In the first phase, where polling will be held in 62
seats, 1,350 booths would be covered by cameras, both video
and still, while in the second phase covering the remaining
constituencies, 1,148 booths would come under such scanner, he
said.

Sahu said while 117 violent incidents occurred in the
run-up to the poll, 4562 non-bailable warrants had been
issued.

Police seized 102 unlicensed arms and recovered 3,282
cartridges, 297 detonators and 13 grenades. A total of 6,569
licensed arms had also been deposited, Sahu said.

In the first phase of polling, out of 11,264 stations
2,093 have been declared `hyper-sensitive` and 2,985
`sensitive`.

Besides, 817 villages had been identified as `vulnerable`.
In the second phase, out of 12,589 polling stations, 2,033
have been declared `hyper sensitive` and 4,175 `sensitive`. A
total of 475 villages has been identified as `vulnerable`, he
added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 20:51

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