Police will ensure candidates security: DGP

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief, Dr, SP Vaid Wednesday said the state police will ensure the security of all the candidates and poll officials during the upcoming by-elections.

Mr Vaid said that police authorities were fully geared to hold violence-free elections and all possible measures have been taken for this. “We have sought additional 54 companies for conduct of smooth elections. Police force and the intelligence wing have been kept on alert to combat the threat of the militants,” the DGP told Kashmir News Service (KNS) over phone.

He said that, all the arrangements are being made, so that the polling process is not affected and the people can exercise their voting rights without fear. “The security of candidates, polling personnel and polling booths will be taken care of. Special patrolling will be carried out in the sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas,” he said.

“I can assure from the point of the police and the sister security agencies that we are on the ground and we are set to ensure that there is a peaceful election. Any attempt to vitiate the electoral process would not be allowed” the DGP maintained.

The DGP stressed on greater synergy among different agencies deployed to be for election duties, saying that the coordination among all stakeholders would help to prevail a conducive atmosphere for the people to exercise their franchise.

He said that Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) has a rich experience in conducting the electoral process and the force along with other sister agencies would leave no stone unturned to conduct the election in a congenial atmosphere.

He asked all the police forces to adhere the guidelines circulated by the Election Commission of India strictly. It is to mention here that former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while claiming that the threat of militants is increasing, Tuesday urged the Election Commission to ensure security of candidates in the upcoming by-elections.

Omar, who is the working president of National Conference, had said the “militancy-related danger” was on an increase.

“As far the current situation is concerned, the militancy-related danger is not decreasing, it is increasing. And on the other hand, the security of my former legislator and former minister is being snatched,” Omar had told reporters here. 

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