BAHAWALPUR: Bahawalpur police issued the security plan for cantonment board elections on Friday.
As many as 281 police officials will be deployed at 16 polling stations. These will include 11 inspectors, 48 officers, 52 head constables, 100 constables, 70 volunteers.
Polling stations have been divided into three categories. There are three polling stations in Category A (most vulnerable), six in Category B and seven in Category C.
DPO Sarfraz Falki said a security sweep of polling stations should be carried out by the Special Branch and Bomb Disposal Squad.
According to the security advisory, display of weapons around polling stations is prohibited. Anyone caught with banned literature would not be allowed to enter polling stations. Parking spaces would be set up at least 500 metres away from the polling stations.
The DPO said wall chalking and hate speeches would be disallowed. He said the police volunteers to be deployed had been issued security cards. He said the SHOs should ensure that every security official displayed his security cards while on duty. He said the volunteers should be briefed by the SHOs. He said only volunteers trained in use of weapons should be deployed.
He said Muhafiz Squad should ensure regular patrolling around polling stations. He said the Quick Response Force should be summoned in case of an emergency.
DSP Legal Kanwar Muhammad Qasim has been made focal person for the election security and will be monitoring security in a control room set up at the DPO’s office.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2015.