A three-tier security system consisting of Mumbai Police personnel and paramilitary forces will be in place at each of the five counting centres in the city on Friday. Police officers said the bandobast on Friday would be a “dynamic” one, with real-time decisions being taken depending on the situation.
Two counting centres have been set up at the Goregaon Exhibition Centre grounds on the Western Express Highway, while one centre each has been set up at the Udayanchal Primary School in Vikhroli, the Ruparel College in Matunga and the Elphinstone College in south Mumbai for counting of votes for the 2014 general elections. The police have taken several security measures to ensure that the counting process goes off without any untoward incidents.
“At each counting centre, we will have a three-tier bandobast. The outermost tier will consist of our own police personnel while the middle tier will be formed by State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) personnel. A mixed force of Central Para Military Forces like the Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Security Force will make up the third and the innermost tier,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dhananjay Kamalakar.
At each counting centre, the police will also have barricades and personnel to ensure that workers of different parties are well away from each other in order to avoid clashes, Kamalakar said.
Additionally, the police have also instructed all of their personnel to keep an eye out for any potential trouble, and all the 12 zonal Deputy Commissioners of Police have been provided a platoon of the SRPF as back up in case of any law and order problems. While patrolling will be under way all over the city, fixed points of bandobast have also been set up at spots identified as sensitive.
“Ours will be a dynamic bandobast and will be based on information coming in from police stations and other branches of the Mumbai Police throughout the day,” Kamalakar added.
Post counting processions will need prior permission from the concerned police station, and the police will take a call depending on the situation at the time and the guidelines laid down by the Election Commission of India, the police said.
Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police of North, said that they have divided the counting area of the NSE ground. “Each candidate has been given an area for supporters and members of the party,” said Singh.