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AP: NCC cadets to be deployed for poll security
Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad | March 16, 2009 16:16 IST
Andhra Pradesh is gearing up for unprecedented security arrangements involving a record 120,000 personnel from the state police, central paramilitary forces and other departments to ensure peaceful elections.
The massive arrangements will have several unique features this time including the coverage of all polling stations across the state by uniformed personnel and the communication network for continuous monitoring of the situation.
It will also be for the first time that the senior division (college level) cadets of National Cadet Corps will be drawn for making the security arrangements at the police stations.
"In view of the requirement of more forces, the Election Commission has allowed us to deploy the NCC cadets this time", said Abdul Khayum Khan, the additional director general of police, law and order.
Khan said there were 40,000 NCC cadets in the state and at least 10 to 15000 of them will be available for the election duty. The plans also include utilisation of the services of 22,000 retired personnel of police, paramilitary services and the army.
Against the 152 companies of central forces allotted in 2004, this time the state has sought 230 companies. The requirement of force has shot up dramatically because the number of polling stations has gone up from 54,000 to 66,000.
"Till now we covered only 70 percent of the polling stations with uniformed persons but this time the Election Commission has ordered that the coverage should be hundred percent", Khan said.
"Special attention is being paid to the 15 districts, bordering other states including Orissa, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karantaka and Tamil Nadu to check the inflow of weapons, liquor and anti social elements," Khan added.
The superintendents of police of nine districts, especially those affected by the Maoists have sought helicopters for the transport of forces, election personnel and material, Khan said.
"The security is also being tightened in view of the complexity of the election scene in Andhra Pradesh, as the state is going to witness a multi cornered contest after several decades", Khan added.