Northeast,Southwest borders most critical: Poll officials

Northeast,Southwest borders most critical: Poll officials

The first interstate meeting of field-level officers was held on Wednesday.

Densely populated areas of Northeast and Southwest Delhi have been identified by election officials as the most critical,which provide easy entry points to notorious elements,with the potential to interfere with “free and fair” elections on December 4. At a meeting held on Wednesday,specific intelligence inputs were shared between police and officials of Delhi districts bordering neighbouring districts in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

While the border between UP and Delhi has been identified as “non-existent” with just small lanes but continuous habitation in Northeast Delhi areas such as Seelampur,Kondli and Kalyanpuri,election officials have identified the bordering district of Najafgarh in Southwest district as an easy access point with sprawling fields that make illegal movement easy.

“The first interstate meeting of field-level officers was held on Wednesday,and attended by the district magistrates and SSPs of all neighbouring districts of UP and Haryana,and the DCs and DCPs of bordering Delhi districts. Specific information and intelligence inputs were shared by the officials,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said.

Officials from all districts shared their lists of anti-social elements,criminals,musclemen and liquor vends. Delhi shares its border with four Haryana districts of Sonepat,Jhajjar,Gurgaon and Faridabad,and with three UP districts of Baghpat,Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar.

Election officials have decided to deploy the maximum strength of central paramilitary forces in the critical areas identified in Southwest and Northeast Delhi. “Intensive deployment of police and central paramilitary forces will come into effect from November 28,while the ‘most intensive’ deployment will be done from December 2,when these areas will be completely locked and sealed by police,” Dev said.