A&N Police Makes Elaborate Arrangements for Smooth Conduct of Elections

Port Blair, March 4: Municipal & Panchayat Elections are scheduled to be held in A&N Islands on 6th March, 2022 and counting will be held on 8th March, 2022. A&N Police is committed to ensure free, fair, impartial and peaceful elections and accordingly has put in place elaborate Police/security arrangements.

The Police department has deployed sufficient Police personnel for election related duties. The deployment includes Police personnel from District police, Armed Police/Special Armed Police, PHQ, India Reserve Battalion (IRBn), PTS etc. In addition communication wing, Fire Service and Special Branch will perform election duties as per Police arrangements plan.

Votes will be cast in 800 polling booths on 6th March, 2022. Sufficient static Police personnel have been deputed at each polling booth to ensure that no unauthorized person gains access to polling station and voters can cast their votes in free, fair and peaceful manner. Lady Police has also been detailed at each Polling Station. The Police staff will be adequately equipped with wireless sets for seamless communication and prompt reporting of any Law & Order situation. Out of 800 polling booths, some booths have been identified as sensitive booths. Detailed duty briefings have been conducted at various levels to sensitize officers of all ranks.

A number of supervisory officers have been deployed to supervise entire law and order arrangement. To assist in supervision, sector police officers have been deployed who will move round the clock in their designated jurisdiction to attend to any law and order problem.

Additionally, special check-posts and Police pickets are being set up in sensitive areas and the Police have also increased patrolling in such areas. Static surveillance teams, striking forces, and special teams have also been constituted to avoid any untoward incidents.

Police have intensified vigil to prevent any distribution of liquor, narcotic drugs and money. Massive crackdown has been launched against bootleggers and anti-social elements. In Feb, 2022, A&N Police has registered more than 120 cases under 32 Regulation III of 1876 (Excise related cases) in which more than 1061 bottles of IMFL, 262 Kg of illicit handia and illicit liquor were seized. In addition, 1.15 Kg ganja has been recovered. To check the activities of habitual offenders, preventive action has been taken against bootleggers and anti-social elements. Stringent action will be taken against trouble mongers and violators of Model Code of Conduct.

General public is hereby requested to pass credible information regarding violation of Model Code of Conduct or any other illegal activity noticed in their locality to Police at 100, 112 & 03192-233077. Identity of the informer will be kept secret.