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Mobile Patrol Teams, Flying Squads To Monitor Election Activities In Odisha's Twin City

11 March 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: In order to ensure smooth conduct of elections in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the Commissionerate Police will be undertaking various security measures such as deployment of mobile patrol officers and formation of flying squads.

Briefing mediapersons, Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said, till date 1156 booths at 495 locations have been finalised in Bhubaneswar. Out of which 181 have been identified as sensitive booths.

Similarly in Cuttack, 764 booths, situated at around 400 locations, have been finalised in the areas which fall under the Commissionerate Police jurisdiction. Out of it 234 have been identified as sensitive booths.

While mobile patrol officers will be deployed at the booth level, they will be reporting to a sector officer, an inspector-rank official. Further, there will be a supervisory officer, a DSP-rank official, to monitor the security. Besides, flying squads will be formed to deal with illegal money flow, excise and arms cases, Mohanty added.

He declared that around mobile patrol teams will be formed in Bhubaneswar, with 20 sector officers, 11 supervisory officers and five flying squads. Similarly in Cuttack, there will be 27 mobile patrol teams, with 17 sector officers, 10 supervisory officers and five flying squads.

The major challenge during the elections will be providing security to star campaigners and VVIPs, who will be arriving to Bhubaneswar and leaving for various places from the city, said Mohanty.

He further informed that, the Commissionerate Police has been conducting special drive to curb criminal activities in the Twin City since October 2018. From January 2019 onwards, the special drive is being conducted as per the instructions of the Election Commission of India.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Twin City Police Commissioner