Lok Sabha elections 2014: threat, preparation level at par with last elections, says DGP

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad Friday said the level of threat and preparations to meet the security challenges in Jammu and Kashmir for the smooth conduct of upcoming Lok Sabha polls is at par with what was at the time of last elections held in 2009.

Talking to KNS, Mr Prasad said that the peaceful conduct of Lok Sabha and the legislative assembly elections this year is a major challenge for the state police. “We will have to remain vigilant to foil the attempts of anti-national elements who will try to disturb the smooth conduct of elections in the state,” he said, adding that he has issued directions to the department to discharge duties with utmost dedication and commitment to ensure law and order during elections.

Prasad observed that though the level of militancy has reduced to a large extent but the threat remains alive. “But the elections being held in phased manner will help our security preparations. Obviously the militants will try to target their soft targets to make some news but we are ready to face any eventuality,” the DGP remarked.

He said that the preparations put in place for the ensuring smooth conduct of Lok Sabha elections will help to make our plans better for the coming assembly polls. “We will surely need a large fleet of vehicles for Lok Sabha elections but the same depends on the number of candidates contesting these polls.”

The DGP added that almost all polling booths in Valley are sensitive but the police will have to adequate measures where the polling booths are declared super sensitive.

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