MAY 23 – COUNTING DAY
History-sheeters and petty criminals are on special radar of the Mumbai police and also the process of externing some criminals outside the city limits is being carried out under the relevant provisions of the law.
Ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections next Thursday, the Mumbai police have claimed to have ensured that the counting process gets executed in a peaceful manner without any discrepancy left. The police is all set to beef up the security measures with all senior level officers deployed on a 24 hour duty so as to avert the possibility of any mischief from any political party volunteer.
According to the police sources, history-sheeters and petty criminals are on special radar of the Mumbai police and also the process of externing some criminals outside the city limits is being carried out under the relevant provisions of the law. “During the elections last month, we had ensured that history sheeters don't create any problem and so we had taken appropriate action against them. Now, at the time of counting of votes, we shall also take steps of similar nature to avert the possibility of any trouble. Criminals having legal permit to possess firearms have been asked to surrender it before vote count and also those criminals who were outside city during elections and have come back, have been strictly warned,” said a police officer requesting anonymity.
Fate of three candidates of different political parties who contested for the elections shall be decided at NESCO in Goregaon where the election duty officers shall count the votes from early morning. The transportation and overall watch out for the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) shall be supervised totally by the police team.
Also, the top police authorities have conducted a confidential meeting with some party candidates appealing them to ensure law and order across the city irrespective of the results of the polls.
“EVM transportation, law and order and safety in the city is our responsibility. Senior most level officers of the police force shall be deployed outside the counting booths 24 hours before the counting begins. Crime branch officers shall also be a part of the exercise and anyone trying to interrupt the process shall be dealt with strictly and most appropriate action will be initiated against them,” the officer added.
Police sources said, “There are several issues that we come across during the counting days in the past elections. This election is a crucial one too and so we have also placed plain clothe policemen in and around the counting centres across the city. We will also keep a close vigil outside counting centres where party supporters gather in large number to support their respective candidates. Anyone who creates any ruckus will be dealt with strongly. Even after election results are announced, we will maintain law and order at all places so that there is no untoward incident anywhere by the losing candidates or party members.”