Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha Police is fully ready with massive security arrangements to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of the polling process during the third phase of elections in the State to be conducted on May 25.

Speaking to media persons on Friday, DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi said that a total of 35,000 State police and Paramilitary security personnel will be deployed to maintain law and order during the third phase of the polling process to be conducted in six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly segments under 12 police districts. 

Polling will be held in 10, 551 booths located in 7,646 locations among which around 20 per cent of booths are reportedly sensitive booths.

“As many as 121 companies of Paramilitary Forces, 106 platoons of Odisha Armed Police and 19,865 civil police forces have been deployed for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the third phase of elections in Odisha. As many as 43 Additional SPs, 95 DSPs, 238 inspectors, 2160 SIs, 10, 212 armed and unarmed Constables and Havildars, 7,117 Home Guards and Grama Rakhis will be deployed for this purpose," informed the DGP.

He continued, "As elections have been finished in other states, Election Commission has allotted us 20 companies of extra Paramilitary security personnel. We had provided 1200 Home Guards to Chhattisgarh in the first phase of National Elections and in return, they have provided us 300 constables and 700 constables who will be on election duty in Odisha on May 25,” said Sarangi during the presser.

“Taking the sensitive booths into account, we have mobilized five young IPS officers of ASP rank in Sambalpur, Khordha, Keonjhra and Cuttack. As per our security arrangement, police personnel and Paramilitary Forces will be deployed at booth level and a mobile patrolling team will take care of the security arrangement in 10-12 booths. An inspector will be in charge of a sector comprising some booths. Each Assembly segment has been divided into two parts and a DSP will be in charge of the security arrangement there. An Additional SP rank officer will be in charge of security arrangements for all the Assembly segments where polling will be conducted in the third phase. We have deployed as many as 42 Assembly supervisor officers of Additional SP ranks and striking forces will be with them," he said. 

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"A total of 84 DSPs, two each for one Assembly segment, have been deployed to maintain law and order. We have divided 42 Assembly segments into 231 sectors. We have also deployed either one or a half section of CAPF in each sensitive booth. As per the guidelines by the Election Commission, Paramilitary Forces have been deployed in all the booths. We have formed a total of 763 mobile parties and they are the backbone of security arrangements in the ongoing elections. They will ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of elections in the sensitive booths,” Sarangi added.

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