50% polling booths safe, Assam Police ready to handle assembly polls, says DGP Sahayhttps://indianexpress.com/article/elections-2016/india/politics/50-polling-booths-safe-assam-police-ready-to-handle-assembly-polls-says-dgp-sahay/

50% polling booths safe, Assam Police ready to handle assembly polls, says DGP Sahay

Accordingly, the Assam Police have marked around 3,000 polling booths as hyper-sensitive and around 8,000 polling booths as sensitive.

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With the Election Commission expected to issue the formal notification for the state assembly elections in the next few days, Assam Police director general Mukesh Sahay on Friday here said that the state police force was “fully prepared” for peaceful conduct of the crucial elections.

“We have completed our home work for the ensuing elections. The process for classifying polling booths according to various parameters of sensitivity has been already completed, while over 4,000 non-bailable warrants have been already implemented,” DGP Sahay said. Assembly elections in Assam are likely to be held in April.

Accordingly, the Assam Police have marked around 3,000 polling booths as hyper-sensitive and around 8,000 polling booths as sensitive, with the DGP pointing out that more than 50 per cent of the booths have been marked as safe.

“As on date, a little over 50 per cent of the polling booths have been marked as safe. This is however a dynamic process and things might change as time passes,” Sahay said.

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“The sensitivity parameters however not only look at just militancy and insurgency levels, but also at communal and ethnic angles,” he added.

Likewise, threat perception assessment of leaders of different political parties, as well as the candidates would also begin soon. “Most of the prominent leaders already have security cover. Once the candidates’ lists are announced, we will also make a quick assessment of their threat perceptions and provide them with security as required,” the DGP informed.

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The DGP also said that while the police have already seized about 83 illegal weapons in the recent couple of months, there was some proliferation of arms into the state. “We are however going all out to seize all illegal arms as also get all legal arms deposited as the election process begins,” Sahay said.