Action was being taken to ensure that the Thirumangalam by-election is conducted peacefully and 1,700 policemen, including personnel from three units and six companies of special protection force, would be deployed, Rajendran, ADGP (Law and Order), said here on Monday. He was replying to questions from mediapersons about the spate of violence in the constituency and said that a DSP for each police station and an ADSP for two police stations to cover the 11 police stations in the constituency will be deployed.
About 33 villages and 65 polling booths have been identified as sensitive and special teams would be posted there while 150 police vehicles will be pressed for duty at three per police station. Regarding cases registered in connection with the violence, Rajendran said nine cases against the DMK and eight against the AIADMK were registered. Further, he said, so far 233 cases of violation of election rules have been filed in connection with the by-election and frequent searches were being carried out at lodges and marriage halls apart from regular vehicle checks.
The ADGP said that young police personnel would be trained to replace those above 30 years in commando squads in the State and 260-member commando squads will be deployed in sensitive areas to collect information after the induction of young personnel into the squads. Madurai and Coimbatore have been selected to implement the scheme.