‘32,000 cops for Kolkata civic polls’

A Kolkata Police team. File photo.
A Kolkata Police team. File photo.

KOLKATA POLICE on Thursday said that around 32,000 security personnel, including three companies of Central forces, would be pressed into duty for the civic polls in Kolkata on Saturday.   

This apart, Kolkata Police and the State Election Commission (SEC) are deploying one Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drone) each for aerial monitoring of law and order situation in Kolkata on the day of polls.

While the city police have used drones for surveillance on several occasions in the past; the poll panel is using a drone for the first time.  

Based on the live video feeds from the drones, the authorities will pass on instructions to ground level security personnel and administrative officials on poll duty. 

Rajiv Mishra, the joint commissioner (headquarters) of Kolkata Police said that the deployment of police personnel has been increased as compared to the past elections in Kolkata to prevent hooliganism during polls.     

He said that in poll premises having up to three booths, a sub-inspector, an assistant sub-inspector and two armed policemen would be deployed in addition to one policeman with baton for each booths.  

Premises with more than three booths would see the deployment of a sub-inspector, an assistant sub-inspector and four armed cops, besides one policeman with baton in each booths. 

He added that there would be 74 cluster mobile police units, 218 sector mobile units, 35 Radio Flying Squad, 24 Highway Radio Flying Squad and 107 supervision officers.

There are 1,516 polling premises housing a total of 4,704 polling booths in KMC area that lie under the 69 police stations in the Kolkata Police jurisdiction.

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