Bhubaneswar: Adequate security arrangements are at place in all the counting centres across of Odisha for smooth counting of votes, said DGP RP Sharma on Wednesday.
While briefing mediapersons, Sharma said the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) has been already performing the duty of guarding the EVMs and adequate amount of State Police providing the outer security.
As the counting will be held at the centres where EVM strong rooms are situated, additional forces have been provided to all districts. They have also been alerted to not allow any unauthorised persons to enter the premises during counting and follow the guidelines of ECI.
After the counting, the winning candidates take out victory procession and it has also been noticed that various political activists turn to violent means during this time. While the police patrolling will be strengthened for the said purpose, all the political parties have been asked to carry out peaceful procession.
The Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Odisha Police have also been mobilised for all the counting centres in the Maoist-affected areas. Infact, most of the available SOG units are being utilised and distributed in the affected areas depending on the nature and magnitude of the severity.
“For counting purpose, maintenance of law and order is exclusively our domain; guarding EVM was the responsibility of CAPF. We have mobilised State Armed Police (SAP) to the fullest extent and also the SOG and DVF in Maoist-affected areas,” said Sharma.