Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal Chairs meeting to review Police Preparedness for Lok Sabha Polls

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Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday chaired a meeting to review Preparedness of Delhi Police as Lok Sabha Polls 2019 is around the corner. Lt. Governor also directed check movement of illicit cash and liquor effectively in coordination with neighboring states.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal also asked the force to focus on “efficient” operation of the control room for timely redressal of complaints regarding poll code violation as Lok Sabha Elections are approaching fast.

As per the Official Statement, Lt Governor Anil Baijal desired that the assessment of force requirement be meticulously done and the home ministry and the agencies concerned be suitably informed about it well in time.

Apart from Lt Governor who himself chaired the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Renu Sharma, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other senior officers of the Delhi government and police were also present in the discussion.

Delhi Police in the meeting informed Lt Governor that special Drives against history-sheeters, proclaimed absconders, fugitive criminals, and illicit liquor, among others, will be undertaken in view of the general elections due for April-May.

The Official Statement further said that “The L-G directed the Delhi Police to take stern steps to check movement of illicit cash and liquor. He also desired that the Delhi Police focus on efficient control room management for effective and timely redressal of complaints regarding violation of model code of conduct,” the statement said.

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The Delhi Police also informed the meeting that with the announcement of election dates, it will intensify action against defacement of property, against misuse of vehicle sand loudspeakers, and escalate seizure of illicit cash.

It is noteworthy that In a major setback to Delhi Government, The Supreme Court in its recent verdict ruled that Delhi’s ACB and a power to form a committee will be in hands of Lt Governor and not with elected Delhi Government.

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