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Telangana police geared up for assembly polls: ADGP

Hyderabad :  The Telangana Police is making elaborate security arrangements for the coming assembly polls and chalking out strategies to foil any attempts by Maoists to disrupt the democratic exercise.

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“Entire police machinery is geared up to conduct free, fair and peaceful polls,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Jitender told PTI.

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Nearly 55,000 police personnel would be deployed to ensure peaceful polling, while 24 companies ofCentral Armed Police Forces (CAPF) hadalready arrived, he said.

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Police officers have been sensitised to the possible plans of maoists to carry out blasts and killings to trigger violence as has been their practise in the past.

Replying to a query, Jitender said, candidates have been asked to inform the police in advance about their campaign programmes in Maoist-hit areas so that security could be strengthened.

Noting that there was some presence of ultras in the areas such as Kothagudem and Bhupalpally, bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, the official said it was a matter of concern for the police.

Out of 32,500 plus polling stations, around 5,000 have been identified as sensitive and hyper-sensitive.

Central paramilitary troops have been conducting flag marches and covering critical places and were engaged in confidence building measures, he added.

 PTI

2/11/2018

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