Odisha police gears up for smooth and incident-free elections

Cuttack: Odisha police geared up for a smooth and incident-free general election this year. DGP RP Sharma, during a review meeting today at State Police Head Quarters, asked the SPs, Range IGPs and DIGPs today to prepare everything with utmost seriousness in order to avoid any untoward incident.

“There has been a rise in the number of booths compared to the election held in 2014. Therefore, there will be a requirement of some additional manpower in this years’ election,” said Sharma.

The DGP asked the SPs to assess the booths and make vulnerability mapping of the booths and critical polling stations basing on the past incidents of violation, Political rivalries, booth capturing etc during 2014 General Election and 2017 GP election.

He asked the SPs to furnish a detailed report on this to the ECI by January 29. He also asked the SPs to start the confidence building exercises in the districts, so as to create a friendly and fearless environment before the election.

As there will be several meeting, rallies and VVIP visits in the districts during electioneering, the DGP instructed the SPs to be fair and judicious while granting permission for the purpose. He also asked the SPs to keep the deployment planning and everything relating to the election in readiness.

The state police will organize special training sessions for the SPs in Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Berhampur on January 30th and 31st.

As an Election Cell is functioning at State Police Head Quarters, the DGP asked the SPs to take the help of Election Cell in case of any doubt and difficulties.

All the Senior Police Officers of State Police Head Quarters including Director Intelligence, ADGP Crime, Director SCRB, Director BPSPA attended the meeting.

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