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Karnataka Assembly by-polls: Security tightened in Bengaluru; 2,896 policemen to be deployed in city

Tight security measures have been put in place in Bengaluru for the upcoming Karnataka by-polls on December 5

Karnataka Assembly by-polls: Security tightened in Bengaluru; 2,896 policemen to be deployed in city
Bengaluru, First Published Dec 3, 2019, 1:29 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Ahead of the Karnataka Assembly by-polls on Thursday (December 5), Bengaluru Police have made necessary security
arrangements across the city.

By-polls will be held in KR Puram, Yeshwantpur, Mahalakshmi Layout and Shivajinagar constituencies in Bengaluru on Thursday (December 5). In all, 15 constituencies will see by-election in Karnataka.

Bengaluru Police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said, “Security responsibilities have been assigned to the respective deputy
commissioners of police while the additional commissioners of police will supervise the security arrangements.”

The four constituencies in Bengaluru have 1,064 polling booths in total. Of them, 238 booths have been identified as hypersensitive and 826 as less sensitive booths. Two constables will be deployed in each hypersensitive booth while one constable will be manned in each less sensitive booth, said Rao.

The top cop said, “Around 2,896 policemen will be deployed for the election security, apart from seven deputy commissioners of police, 14 additional commissioners of police, 30 inspectors, 68 sub-inspectors, 160 assistant sub-inspectors, 1,666 head constables, 951 home guards, a 10 Central Armed Forces battalion, a 38 Karnataka State Reserve Police battalion, a 40 City Armed Reserved battalion, four Rapid Action Force battalions and three quick response teams.”

Section 144 has been imposed from December 3 to 6 in these four constituencies which prohibits the gathering of more than four people in an area. Also, the sale of liquor has been prohibited, the officer said and warned violators of strict action.

Unaccounted cash of Rs 15.92 lakh has been seized till now and action has initiated against those who were found guilty.

The results of the by-polls will be announced on December 9 (Monday).

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