2019 Elections: DGP reviews security measures, poll preparedness in TN

Coimbatore: Tamilnadu Director General of Police (Elections), Ashutosh Shukla yesterday reviewed the election preparedness in the State for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

During the meeting, poll process, law and order maintenance during pre-poll and post-poll period in locations such as districts of West Zone of Salem, Coimbatore and Tirupur City, Salem and Coimbatore Ranges were reviewed.

It was revealed during the meeting that more than 480 flying squads and 232 static surveillance teams have been deployed to monitor the enforcement of the model code of conduct, and 918 cases were booked for violation of the code in the State.

The DGP spoke on the importance of uninterrupted communication for effective functioning of law and order machinery and further instructed police officials to identify places that are trouble prone and to form adequate number of Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) in those areas.

According to media reports, there has been official instruction to take up effective patrolling in the sensitive and vulnerable areas identified in certain pockets and also to identify and to optimally utilize resources like manpower, both serving police personnel and non-police personnel for the election duty.

To prevent Left Wing Extremist activities in the Forest areas in West Zone, Naxalite Special Division (NSD) teams and STF Teams have been engaged and additional Flying Squad deployed in sensitive pockets.

West Zone IG K Periaiah, Coimbatore City Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan, Tiruppur City Police Commissioner Sanjeev Kumar, Salem range DIG Senthil Kumar, Coimbatore City Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sujith Kumar were among those who attended the meeting.

NT Bureau