Panther’s Party Friday wrote a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, V.S. Sampath alleging more than one lakh police men were denied right to vote in the first four phases of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is another tragedy in the political history of J&K that over 100,000 police personnel engaged in different important places like Air Force, VIP security cover, police stations and in other places have not been allowed to take leave to cast their votes in the election,” said Bhim’s letter.
The letter added, “There are no arrangement/polling facilities for police personnel to cast their votes in place or places of their duty in the State.” Though this facility has been provided to other employees engaged in civil services. “The denial of voting right to a police man on duty is direct assault on democracy and rule of law,” Bhim wrote.
Bhim requested the election commissioner to intervene in the matter so that the police personnel on duty outside their homes and away from their polling stations shall not be deprived of their legitimate right to vote.
Four phases of JK elections have already culminated and all the necessary arrangements are in place for the final phase of voting on December 20.