Urges Police & Defence Forces to be on High Alert for the Smooth Conduct of Election in ANIPC

Port Blair, April 5: A meeting was held under the Chairmanship of the Chief Electoral Officer, Shri B.S. Jaglan, IAS, in the Mini Conference Hall of the Secretariat here today to review the Law & Order situation in view of the General Elections to Lok Sabha-2024. Chairing the meeting, the CEO urged the Police Force to be on high alert in maintaining Law and Order situation for the smooth conduct of Election in Andaman &Nicobar Islands Parliamentary Constituency. The CEO further urged to check the MCC violation as per the guidelines issued by the ECI, especially the movement of cash, drugs and liquor to lure the voters and directed for its immediate seizure without any hesitation. He also urged for minimal harassment to public during checking being carried out by the Police teams and people carrying legal cash should not be harassed.

The CEO underlined that Police Teams have to be on high alert at Nakas. He made a special mention for better checking at Airport and Seaport as well as checking of cargo vessels entering different Ports of A&N Islands especially the container cargo vessels. He asked the senior Police officials to keep a special vigil on the buses and other vehicle plying on the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR). He also urged the Command for increasing their surveillance in sea routes to check MCC violation. Concluding the meeting, the CEO sought the cooperation of Police and Defence forces for the smooth conduct of Election in ANIPC and to maintain zero tolerance towards MCC violations.

The RO, ANIPC, Shri Arjun Sharma, IAS also sought the co-operation of all agencies for the smooth conduct of General Election in ANIPC. He said the Election Machinery will take care of the genuine requirements of the Forces, if any, for the smooth conduct of the Elections.

The District Election Officer, N&M Andaman, Shri Dilkhush Meena, IAS and the District Election Officer, Nicobar, Ms. Jyoti Kumari, IAS joined the meeting through video-conferencing.

The Assistant State Police Nodal Officer, Shri Manjeet Sheoran, IPS presented the details through a Power Point Presentation (PPT).

The State Police Nodal Officer, A&N Islands, Ms Monika Bhardwaj, IPS, informed that elaborate police bandobast has been made in the entire A&N Islands in view of the ensuing General Election-2024. Altogether, 44 Nakas has been set up and seizure of prohibited articles is continuing. A Police Deployment plan is ready and randomization of Police Personnel has been completed. Apart from the two company of CRPF, four additional companies of CRPF are arriving soon, which will be deployed as per the requirement, she said. The DIGP stated that the A&N Police is committed towards the conduct of free, fair and smooth elections in ANIPC.