UP government rely on existing CPMF available
The UP government will rely on the existing Central Para-Military Force (CPMF) available on its soil for the law and order duties while the polling will be supervised by the state police force. “We will not use CMPF for the urban local body polls in the state as 40 companies available (eight companies of Rapid Action Force, 22 of Central Reserve Police Force, six of Shashastra Seema Bal and four companies of ITBP) with them from the Centre is presently used to maintain law and order only,” said ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar
Kumar added that the government had taken necessary measures to conduct free and fair polling with the state police force along with jawans of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and home guards.
Talking to the media in Lucknow on Tuesday, the ADG said that besides deploying police force, they had taken several measures to avert any untoward incident during polls. He said that under preventive exercise, 2244 cases had been registered and 2275 were arrested.
Kumar said that the police recovered 2362 weapons and destroyed 38 local arms manufacturing units so far. He also claimed that 3062 litres of liquor were recovered and 852 liquor-making units were raided to check the use of alcohol in ongoing elections.
The top cop said that 626 flying squads were active in the state to check carrying of Rs 2 lakh or more without having valid papers with them.
Kumar also informed that a special cell would monitor misuse of social media, particularly to polarise voters on caste and communal lines. He said that action would be taken against all such social media users and, if necessary, they would be arrested.
Kumar said that so far 300 hyper-sensitive polling centres in the state had been identified where drone cameras, web-casting, close circuit televisions would be used to ensure peaceful voting.
Replying to a query on the suspected role of illegally migrated Bangladeshis, Kumar said that the Chief Minister had ordered identification of Bangladeshis and shunt them out of the state but the exercise could not be completed as yet. The top cop pointed out that soon UP police would complete the identification process and take necessary action against Bangladeshis. He also revealed that cops were making efforts to identify bogus voters and stern action would be taken against them.
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