DGP Orders Night Patrolling Ahead of J&K District Polls

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Srinagar: Ahead of the maiden elections to the District Development Councils (DDCs) in 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir and by-polls to Panchayats, the Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Thursday ordered night patrolling in hypersensitive and border areas in the Union Territory to foil any “subversive design” to disrupt the polls.

Reviewing the security arrangement and preparedness for upcoming DDC, BDC and Panchayat polls in a meeting here at the Police Control Room on Thursday afternoon, the DGP sought reports about the arrangements put in place by police and paramilitary force in their respective areas of responsibilities, a police spokesperson said. The DGP, he said, emphasized the critical importance of maintaining a sustained close watch on the ground situation and the real-time coordination and synergy between state forces for successful conduct of these polls.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, DIG Central Kashmir Amit Kumar, SSP Budgam Shri Nagpure Amod Ashok attended the meeting at PCR while IGP Jammu Range DIGs of district SSPs of Jammu zone attended the meeting through video conferencing.

The police spokesperson said that the DGP stressed upon the officers to put all the necessary security measures in place to ensure the conduct of DDC, BDC and Panchayat elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

Singh, he said, emphasized upon the officers that the deployments should be made as per requirements at all sensitive places and that the personnel on the ground should be briefed regularly and the synergy at the grass-root level has to be at best for achieving better results.

“He gave directions for night patrolling in hypersensitive and border areas to avert any subversive design. He also emphasized the need to keep a close watch on the subversive elements,” the police spokesperson said.

During the meeting, he said the DGP while complimenting police and other government forces for their role in maintaining law and order and success on the counter-insurgency front stressed upon the officers not to let the peaceful atmosphere be disturbed by the inimical elements.

“He emphasized upon officers to remain vigilant to thwart any nefarious design of anti-national elements,” the police spokesperson said.

He added that the district SSPS of Jammu Zone apprised the DGP about the security arrangements put in place in their respective jurisdictions for a smooth and peaceful conduct of upcoming polls.

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