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To ensure free and fair election, police hold interstate meetings ahead of LS polls

To ensure free and fair election, police hold interstate meetings ahead of LS polls
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New Delhi: Senior police officers from Delhi, Gautam Buddha Nagar (UP) and Faridabad (Haryana) participated in an interstate coordination meeting on Wednesday and discussed strategies to ensure free and fair elections.

According to police, the elections in Gautam Buddha Nagar will be held in 1st Phase on 11th April and in Delhi and Faridabad in 6th Phase on 12th May. Police officers from the 3 states discussed steps to be taken to tackle issues including the flow of illegal money, liquor, firearms, security arrangements and intelligence sharing to tackle the challenges and holding smooth and fair General Elections 2019.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh C Srivastava addressed the meeting and said that "The South-East District always had good support and co-operation with adjoining districts of Gautam Budha Nagar and Faridabad.

The inter-state co-ordination meetings of intelligence sharing and joint operations have taken place earlier but such meetings are necessary ahead of the upcoming elections to discuss the emerging challenges and their solution."

During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that it was decided for conducting integrated checking particularly on border pickets, sharing and collection of intelligence about active criminals and criminals carrying fire-arms, deployment of maximum staff with weapons, identifying the persons involved in selling of drugs illicit liquor and firearms in their areas and taking appropriate legal action against them to keep them behind the bars for a longer time.

"The trends in smuggling of liquor and fire-arms in Delhi NCR were discussed. It was also stressed to keep vigil on the movement of jail-bail released criminals as well as musclemen attending gyms and akharas who are misused during elections," said DCP Biswal.

It was further decided in the meeting that a WhatsApp group of police officers of above 3 districts will be formed to share real-time information regarding VIP movements, any sensitive issues relating to communal harmony, information about criminals, movement of cash, liquor etc.

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