All seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will head for polls today. Meanwhile, 60,000 security personnel, including Home Guards and paramilitary forces jawans, have been deployed across the city a day before the Lok Sabha elections here.
Voting will begin at 7 am and scheduled to go on till 6 pm. Security personnel have been deployed at polling booths and special reserve parties and policemen are patrolling vulnerable areas, the police said.
The Police Control Room Unit will also stay alert to calls of any complaints being made, especially relating to the election process.
Static surveillance team and flying squads have also been deployed at various locations. Special drive will be conducted in vulnerable hamlets, including JJ clusters, to keep a close watch if voters are being influenced in any way through muscle power, money or supply of illicit liquor to hamper the election process.
There are 469 critical polling booths which have been identified on the basis of criminal elements being active there or recent cases of murders or robberies being reported there. Other factors that define whether a booth is critical or not are if there is any communal angle. If there was quite high voting at that place in 2014 which was suspicious or if there was any place where more than 70-75 per cent votes were polled by one candidate, those are also considered critical, officials from the Chief Electoral Officer’s office said.
Adequate security forces have been deployed at identified polling stations with Quick Reaction Teams placed at congested areas across the district in case of any emergency, another official added.
The police have registered 1,378 FIRs and arrested 1,381 people under the Excise Act. They have also seized 691 unlicensed arms and weapons, and 3,007 cartridges and explosives, a statement said.
It said 1,14,482 people have been booked till date under various sections of the CrPC and the Delhi Police Act.
According to police, 694 illegal weapons, along with 3,026 rounds of ammunition, were seized till date and 5,062 licensed weapons were deposited.
Rs 4.38 crore in cash, over 1,41,000 litres of liquor whose value is approximately Rs 3.83 crore and 1,566 kg narcotics and drugs worth Rs 373 crore have been seized from March 10 to till date, they said.
A police official said there are three facets to the security apparatus — at places where Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are kept, border checking, and law and order arrangements for polling and counting days.
The officer said police are involved in enforcing a dry day, which came into effect from 5 pm on Friday till 6 PM on Sunday till the voting ends. No alcohol will be served in any of the restaurants, pubs or hotels across Delhi. Vends at border areas will also be shut.
The official added 61,000 police personnel including 13,000 Home Guards will be involved in ensuring the security of polling booths. Out of the 13,000 Home Guards, 4,000 of them belong to Delhi Home Guards, 7,000 from Rajasthan and 2,000 from Uttarakhand.
They will be supplemented by police personnel from the Police Control Room and the traffic unit, along with 47 companies of paramilitary personnel, another official added. Each company comprises 100 personnel.