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Aug 9, 2009

Police Fully Prepared For By-polls

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) K. Radhakrishnan (left) inspecting a polling station in the Thondamuthur Assembly constituency in Coimbatore on Friday. The police machinery is fully prepared to deploy adequate reinforcements and tight vigil has been ensured by installing check posts on roads leading to the constituencies where by-elections are scheduled to be held on August 18, K. Radhakrishnan, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said here on Friday.


Mr. Radhakrishnan along with Commissioner of Police (in-charge), Pramod Kumar, DIG of Police, Coimbatore Range, B. Bala Naga Devi, Superintendent of Police, N. Kannan and Deputy Commissioners of Police, N. Kamini and P. Nagarajan went around the Thondamuthur Assembly constituency to take stock of the bandobust requirements. Mr. Radhakrishnan has already inspected the Srivaikundam Assembly segment and will be inspecting the Bargur Assembly segment on Saturday. He said that the Director General of Police, K.P. Jain, would inspect the Cumbum and Illayankudi Assembly segments. The bandobust measures being initiated would hold good in terms of all the five Assembly segments.



Later, Mr. Radhakrishnan told reporters that there were 393 polling booths in Thondamuthur constituency of which 128 were hypersensitive and the rest sensitive booths, 37 of them were cluster booths. Every polling station would be manned by a constable while it would be two for hypersensitive and sensitive polling stations. The constituency was spread over 10 police station limits and every police station would be equipped with a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) with 10 police personnel and one Sub-Inspector. There would be 42 mobile vehicles having 5 police personnel each in addition to 35 zonal mobile teams having 4 police personnel each. These would be in addition to the jurisdiction police officers and sub-division police officers.



In total, there would be four Deputy Superintendents of Police, two Additional Superintendents of Police, 40 Inspectors, 150 Sub-Inspectors and 1,000 police personnel. Two companies of Tamil Nadu Special Police Battalion were also being provided for Thondamuthur. Special teams had been deployed for intelligence gathering. Mr. Radhakrishnan said that non-bailable warrants against 69 persons had been executed while efforts were on to execute the remaining 19. So far, 210 persons had been taken into preventive custody.

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