March 17, 2009 11:35:14 pm
With Lok Sabha elections round the corner,the police in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar are gearing up to make their districts safe for campaigning.
Guidelines issued by Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) Fateh Bahadur Singh to senior superintendents of police in both districts clearly state that candidates should get adequate security while campaigning. The district police have been instructed that gunners and shadows provided to candidates campaigning in the district will need permission from officials not below the rank of SSP before going on leave this was confirmed by Naveen Arora,the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP.
Arora said that as the code of conduct for the general elections has been implemented,every candidate will be provided with an equal level of security. We will abide by the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission of India. Every candidate,be it an Independent or from the ruling party,will be provided with an equal level of security. To ensure maximum security,gunners will have to take permission for leave from officials of my rank, he said.
Citing the shortages in personnel the police will face when the
gunners go on leave during elections,Akhil Kumar,the Ghaziabad SSP,said replacement becomes impossible with the whole police force deputed on election duty. We have to take in to account the replacement of each and every gunner as we cannot afford any security lapses, he said.
Anant Dev,SP (City) Ghaziabad,said security could be stepped up in case leaders of national stature come to address gatherings. There are provisions in protocol so that if any leader of national stature comes,the security can be stepped up accordingly. We cannot over look the amount of risk to their lives, he said.
Dev said each candidate will be provided with two gunners with either carbines or rifles.
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