LUCKNOW: A day after the Election Commission announced poll schedule for Uttar Pradesh, the administration swung into action for poll preparations. Prashant Kumar, the additional director general of police (ADGP) (Law and Order) on Sunday said that the police have identified 29,138 critical polling stations across the state and will also use drones to keep a vigil.
Addressing a press conference here on the preparations made by the state police, the ADGP said, “Special steps have been taken for conducting elections in naxal affected districts Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra district.”
He said, “UP police have identified 29,138 critical polling stations across the state. 95 assembly constituencies have been identified as sensitive, while 33 other assembly constituencies have been identified as ‘expenditure sensitive’.”
The police will also keep a tab on the criminals trying to derail elections from inside the prisons, he stated.
“2,676 CCTV cameras have been installed in jail premises and 271 strain jammer put in the prison premises,” he shared, adding the UP Police will be using as many as 109 drones, 168 riverboats, 420 portable CCTV cameras, 563 still cameras for maintaining a vigil in the elections.
“In a bid to stop smuggling of liquor, the police with the excise department will jointly keep a tab on international borders with Nepal and interstate borders,” he said.
According to Kumar the police has formed 31 chowkis on international borders with Nepal and interstate borders to check smuggling.
Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. Counting of votes will take place on March 10.
The ruling BJP is eyeing a second consecutive term in the assembly polls, while the Samajwadi Party, the resurgent Congress and the BSP are also trying to gain their lost ground in the political sensitive state.