Police not to allow bogus voting

Bandipore/Sonawari:  Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir Range Ghulam Hasan Bhat Monday said that police have taken all measures to ensure incident free and impartial polling in ‘restive’ Bandipora and Sonawari constituencies where polling is scheduled on Tuesday.

“We have already deployed police and para-military troopers in strength in all the areas where trouble-mongers create law and problem. I assure voters that there will not a single incident of stone-pelting and they can vote in free and smooth atmosphere,” Bhat told CNS adding that all polling stations in North Kashmir have been sealed by government forces.

“There are 112 polling stations in Sonawari while Bandipora has 126 polling booths. In Gurez, there are only 27 polling stations and government forces have already sealed these booths to ensure free and impartial polling on Tuesday,” he said.

DIG North Kashmir added that not a single person will be allowed to disrupt the peace and anybody responsible for creating law and order problems will face the music. “We have already identified the areas where group clashes and stone-pelting incidents occur. We are not ready to take any chances and all such areas have been sealed by government forces while scores of check-points have been created at restive places,” he said. “Special check points have already been set up to regulate the movement of commuters and wherever necessary frisking and general checking is also going on to instill confidence among the common people,” he said.

DIG North Kashmir Ghulam Hasan Bhat told CNS that nobody will be allowed to indulge in bogus voting. “There will be free and fair polling. I assure everyone that stringent action will be taken against those who would try to indulge in mobile and bogus voting,” he said.

He said that paramilitary forces have been deployed in large numbers to address concerns of the polling staff and voters. (CNS)

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