Bathinda : The District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Mr Ghanshyam Thori and the Bathinda Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mr Swapan Sharma today held a meeting with the Flying Squads (FSs) and Static Surveillance Teams (SSTs), which have been formed to ensure free and fair elections and directed them to check all vehicles and act on complaints received regarding violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and Law and Order.
24 hour surveillance to ensure peaceful elections
Disclosing this in a press note issued here today, The District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Mr Ghanshyam Thori said that a minimum of three FSs and SSTs have been deployed in all the six assembly constituencies of the district in order to maintain law and order and to check miscreants. He said that the SSTs would be stationed at various Nakas (check-points) to check the vehicles for any kind of smuggling, unlawful activity or suspicious movements and the FSs would keep a strict vigil on miscreants and would act instantaneously on receiving any complaint regarding Law and Order or any violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
In a meeting held here today Mr Thori instructed the SSTs that not only they should be strict and thorough in their duty but also be polite and courteous while dealing the public. He said that one officer each in the FSs and SSTs have been given the powers of Executive Magistrate and required numbers of police personnel have been attached with them to help in compliance of law. Mr Thori said that these FSs and SSTs are working round the clock and report to the respective Returning Officers if any violation of the MCC is found.
SSP, Mr Swapan Sharma directed the teams to avoid traffic jams and un-necessary harassment of the public while checking the vehicles. He said that the FSs and SSTs have been provided with a videographer to record the search and seizure operations.
District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner directed that all teams have to work 24*7.
Mr Abhijeet Kaplish, Assistant Commissioner (Under Training), Mr Des Raj, Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) and Mr Vinod Kumar, SP (Special Branch) were also present in the meeting.