Enhanced security at counting centers in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI

Police Director General C. Sylendra Babu said on Monday that all arrangements had been made to ensure the peaceful counting of votes in Tuesday’s city local body elections.

He said three-tier security with the deployment of personnel from taluk police stations, armed reserve and Tamil Nadu special police has been put in place at all count centres.

Counting will take place on Tuesday in 11 centers in Greater Chennai Police Boundaries, four centers in Avadi Police Station, five in Tambaram Police Station and 259 in 37 other districts in total in 279 centers across the state .

“Rapid Response Teams and Rapid Action Forces will be deployed at vantage points near counting centers. No less than 11,797 CCTV cameras have been installed in counting centres. The agents constantly monitor the evolution of the counting centers thanks to these cameras. In addition, vehicles equipped with surveillance cameras are deployed near the centres. Drones will be deployed wherever necessary,” said the DGP.

Up to 109 Superintendents of Police (SP) or additional SPs, 417 DSPs, 1,239 Inspectors, 4,671 Sub-Inspectors/Special Sub-Inspectors, 18,744 other taluk station police personnel, 5,805 Armed Reserve Police, 3,143 Tamil Nadu Special Police and 6,782 Home Guards personnel, in total 40,910 personnel will be deployed for the bandobust.

The DGP said more than 60,000 police will be deployed to prevent any untoward incident after the counting of the votes. People going to counting centers will only be allowed after ID cards have been checked and scanned by metal detectors. Specially trained male and female police officers have been stationed here.

The DGP said police commissioners and SPs have been asked to step up patrols from the morning to prevent any untoward incidents.

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