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City police geared up to ensure safe, smooth polls

Monday, October 13, 2014
By Zuber Ansari

46,000 police staff will be on the roads for election duty, of which 5,500 will be officers including those from the IPS cadre

Even as political parties are fighting out an immense battle, campaigning for the election day which will be conducted on Wednesday, October 15, the Mumbai police is all set with plans to secure all places in the city to prevent any untoward incidences.Interestingly, the Mumbai police officials themselves are happy with the instructions given by their chief, police commissioner Rakesh Maria, who has directed all police stations to make sure that all the policemen on duty will be served with proper food and drinking water facilities round the clock during election duty.After the Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena-BJP alliances have broken, the number of candidates contesting the polls have gone up and keeping this in mind the city police has increased its staff to ensure safe and smooth assembly elections. 

Taking to ADC, Dhananjay Kulkarni spokesperson of Mumbai police said: “Around 46,000 police staff will be on the roads for election duty, of which 5,500 will be officers including those from the IPS, but we have given instructions to all police stations to ensure that their staff is alert from midnight of  October 14, a day just before the election process begins the next morning.

City police commissioner Rakesh Maria has instructed all police station to provide good drinking water and food to staff members who will be on duty at election booths, Kulkarni added.

“We have identified several booths which are very sensitve and we will deploy extra police force in the said booths. If we talk about suburban Mumbai, around 380 candidates are in the fray for 26 Assembly seats. Before election; we have taken preventive action against several well known criminals,” Kulkarni further said.

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