178 flying squads likely to keep a tab on Lok Sabha elections in city
New Delhi: There might be 178 flying squads to keep a tab during Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The Delhi Police headquarters had asked districts regarding the identification of police officials for deployment in flying squads and static surveillance team. Sources told Millennium Post that from Delhi Police headquarters a letter was sent to all districts in which it was written that it's proposed to deploy 178 flying squads (one from each police station and which will be including head constables and constables) and 178 static surveillance team (one from each police station) during the electioneering period for the General Election to Lok Sabha-2019.
"Police personnel may please be identified and information thereof forwarded to District Election Officer concerned as well as Election Cell/PHQ by January 25 on a following format, further written in the letter," sources claimed.
The format consists of Name and Number of Parliamentary constituency, Assembly constituency, police districts and subdivisions etc. "The police personnel who were identified for the purpose may not be substituted for petty reasons after they have undergone training," added the sources.
The role of flying squads is to keep a close tab on the illegal activity during the election which includes tracking illegal cash transactions or any distribution of liquor or any other items suspected of the voters.
Recently, the Delhi Police headquarters (PHQ) had asked all the districts to conduct proper checking in booths in their area where the previous election was held and submit the report to them.Police sources told Millennium Post that the district DCsP have asked concerned ACPs and SHOs to conduct a thorough verification of election booths and submit the report to them as soon as possible.