Elaborate security in place for protection of EVMs

ITANAGAR, May 7: Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the protection of the strong-rooms housing the electronic voting machines (EVM) across the state, said DGP (in-charge) Sunil Garg.
“Central paramilitary forces equipped with all anti-riot equipment have been deployed to guard all the 20 strong-rooms, which are under electronic surveillance round the clock,” the DGP said during a meeting convened here on Monday by the chief secretary to review the law and order situation in the state.
“The SP and DSP in the districts have been directed to visit and check the strong-rooms regularly,” the DGP said.
Garg informed that more than nine companies of security forces, including six central armed police forces (CAPF), have been deployed in Kurung Kumey, and seven companies of security forces, including four of the CAPF, have been deployed in Kra Daadi district for maintaining law and order as well as safeguarding the strong-rooms.
“One dedicated company of the ITBP has been tasked to safeguard the strong-room in Koloriang,” he said.
Eighty poll-related cases, including the pre re-poll murder case in Kurung Kumey, have been registered, Garg said, adding that two alleged accused in the murder case have been arrested.
A case has also been registered under the Explosives Act in connection with the recovery of gelatin sticks from the helipad in Koloriang, the DGP said, adding that more raids are likely to be carried out in connection with the case.
Garg also informed that a special drive is being launched by the police, particularly in Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts, in view of the reports of carrying of illegal firearms by individuals.
The DGP said the police this time have been provided with four ‘Agnivarsha’ vehicles to contain hooliganism and violence by miscreants.
“Request has been made to the ministry of home affairs to provide 38 companies of paramilitary forces for maintaining law and order during the day of counting and post counting,” he said.
Earlier, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal reviewed the security arrangements in place for the protection of the strong-rooms, particularly in Kurung Kumey district.
Gopal directed the police to take stringent action against culprits if they are found indulging in creating law and order problems.
The CS also sought the status of the action taken by the police with regard to incidents of poll-related violence.
It was decided that the APP would, if necessary, deploy anti-riot equipment, ‘Vajra’ vans, etc, in sensitive districts.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the home department and top police officials, including the IGP (election), the IGP (L&O), the SP (SB) and the SP of the capital complex and Papum Pare, besides the capital complex DC and representatives of central agencies.