KOLKATA: The police in added areas of Kolkata — which go to polls on May 6 and 10 — have decided to step up their presence on the road, especially at night.
As a first step, senior officers led by DCPs and ACPs will now be on night naka rounds in the added areas starting this weekend.
This was decided after a meeting between Lalbazar and senior Election Commission officials. Lalbazar has also hinted that it will introduce day nakas in the coming two weeks in these areas.
Bidhannagar police have started checks where IPS officers and officers from the DM’s office are present in and around the airport and Salt Lake areas.
“The presence of senior officers is a step to rule out apprehensions of politically motivated moves,” said an officer.
Even as the presence of central forces in these areas is being gradually increased, the main focus will be on rogue bikes after specific complaints from added areas. Surprise block chain raids will be carried out across the city closer to the elections, said police sources.
“We had a long discussion with various observers, the DEO and his officials on the prevailing law-and-order situation and the steps that can be taken to improve confidence among voters in Jadavpur, Tollygunge and Behala. It has been decided that daily movement of paramilitary forces and their interaction with locals have to be notified and all political campaigning videographed,” said an officer who was part of the meeting held on Thursday.
Cops said the most important aspect over the next three weeks will be securing the borders.
“The list of criminals and those who are known to be creating trouble on election day have been shared with bordering SPs, especially in Baruipur and Diamond Harbour. The information is being constantly updated. Maximum stress is on nakas near the borders,” said another officer.
Each police station has been asked to monitor and carry out videography of local agitations if necessary.
“Interventions for any local issue have to be faster and senior officers should be involved from an early stage. Every police station has also been asked to implement the Supreme Court-mandated guidelines and run a dedicated women’s help desk,” an officer said.