Hyderabad: Over a lakh cameras in the city were connected to the command control centre in Hyderabad and a stronger police force was deployed for the smooth conduct of elections, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said. All ACP and DCP level officers were placed on high alert and special teams were patrolling the streets till the election concluded.
“From 7 am, 3,900 polling stations in 15 Assembly segments in the city were closely monitored and officials were deployed. In all the five zones, the process went without any issue. The critical areas were put under surveillance and every area was accessed from the command control office,” Mr Kumar said.
Of the Assembly constituencies in the GHMC limits, 15 are in Hyderabad and four in the neighbouring Rachakonda and Cyberabad commissionerates. Central forces like Central Reserve Police Force, Rapid Action Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and IR Battalion from Kerala Police were patrolling the city and monitoring the polling stations.
“All the nodal officers of ACP level rank, and police officers of the area police stations visited each polling station and made their observations with regard to the accessibility, condition of building, sensitivity of the areas and made an analysis of criticality of polling stations. A total of 3,911 polling stations in 1,574 polling locations were studied, of which 161 were categorised as S1 polling stations, 334 as S2 and S3,” said Mr Kumar, adding that there were 21 vulnerable hamlets/areas in which 17 polling stations were identified.