As Karnataka gears up for state assembly elections, extensive security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polling. Over 84,000 officers and staff, including 304 DySPs, have been assigned to the 224 assembly constituencies. To meet the shortage of officers and staff, about 8,500 police officers and home guard personnel have been procured from outside states. Additionally, 650 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) companies and the State Armed Reserve Force have been deployed, with a total of 1,56,000 policemen being used for security on polling day.
Out of the 18,282 polling booths in the state, 11,417 have been identified as sensitive, and CAPF companies have been assigned to them in addition to maintaining law and order. More than 700 vigilance teams and check posts have been deployed to prevent election code of conduct violations and malpractices. In the interest of maintaining law and order, over 30,000 security cases have been registered, and 714 persons have been prosecuted under the Exile Act to ensure peaceful polling.
To maintain peace and harmony in neighboring states’ borders, more than 50 coordination meetings were held with inter-state border district officers. A total of 650 CAPF companies, comprising 101 CRPF, 108 BSF, 75 CISF, 70 ITBP, 75 SSB, 35 RPF, and 186 SAP companies, have been deployed to maintain law and order in sensitive assembly constituencies. Awareness has been created about law and order by conducting route marches in political and cost management-sensitive assembly constituencies.
In addition to the 650 CAPF companies, a total of 224 KSRP contingents have been deployed in the assembly constituencies to ensure law and order and peaceful polling. Furthermore, 890 striking parties along with the district and city armed forces will perform election security work on polling day.
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