Another 250 militia companies expected to arrive in the state

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 15th

Special DGP (Law and Order) Arpit Shukla today held a meeting with top police officials from border areas to review the security arrangements for the upcoming 18th Lok Sabha elections.

Shukla later told the media that at least 225 more paramilitary companies would arrive in Punjab. He said 80% of the police force has been mobilized to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in border states. He said 25 companies of central forces have already been deployed in the state.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Inspector General of Border District Police (DIG) Rakesh Kumar Kaushal and Amritsar Commissioner of Police (CP) Gurpreet Singh Brar.

Shukla said there are 14,547 polling stations in the state out of which 3,103 polling stations have been declared sensitive. He said the police had set up 220 special checkpoints in 10 districts adjoining neighboring states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to check drugs and illegal liquor. He said he was checking the influx of money, cash and weapons.

He directed all police personnel to ensure that no one disturbs the hard-won peace in the state. He asked police authorities to intensify inspections of vehicles, especially commercial vehicles, entering and exiting the state to check the influx of drugs and illicit liquor.

Notably, Punjab Police has recovered Rs 5.45 billion in unspent cash, 1.149 million liters of liquor and 9,962 kg of drugs since the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct.

Shukla said the Punjab Police is committed to providing a level playing field to all candidates participating in the Sabah polls.

Meanwhile, the Special DGP apprised authorities about the norms for deployment of forces at regular polling stations and critical and vulnerable polling stations where CAPF forces will be deployed in addition to Punjab Police. He also apprised officials about norms regarding provision of security to candidates.

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