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105 polling stations declared most sensitive in Upper Dir

105 polling stations declared most sensitive in Upper Dir

UPPER DIR: District Police Officer Syed Israrudin Bacha has said that over 3,500 personnel of police, Dir Levies, security forces and local volunteers will be deployed to 289 polling stations in Upper Dir for the May 30 local government elections.

Talking to Dawn here on Sunday, he said that a security plan had been finalised for the polling day, under which a total of 105 polling stations had been declared most sensitive and 60 sensitive.

The DPO said duties of 3,226 personnel of police, Quick Response Force (QRF), and Special Police Force (SPF) had been assigned for the purpose.

He said that deputy commissioner Dr Imran Hamid Shiekh had also assured of giving 300 levies to help the police force maintain calm at the polls. He said that security forces personnel would also be on standby on the election day to deal with any untoward incident.

The police official said the QRF and police mobile teams would also conduct joint patrol across the district, especially in those areas where the most sensitive and sensitive polling stations were located.

He said a police base seat would be established in Chukiyatan Scout Chawni for better and fast communication among security agencies.

The DPO said 10 police cops would be deployed at the most sensitive polling stations, seven at sensitive stations, and five at normal polling stations.  

The DPO said volunteers being hired for the purpose would get remunerations, adding that up to 100 forest guards would also be a part of the security squad.

Mr Bacha said a combined operation control room would be set up in the police lines, where police personnel and officials of the local administration would remain present round the clock.

ABSCONDER ARRESTED: The Shahikot police claimed to have arrested an absconder from Nusrrat Darra area near Pak-Afghan border on Sunday.

Published in Dawn, May 18th, 2015

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