Describing the law and order situation in the national capital as fragile in the national capital in view of the protests over other issues, including the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) in Delhi, the Delhi Police asked the Election Commission to conduct peacefully the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections with 30 additional Central Armed Police Forces Companies are sought. Voting for the assembly elections in Delhi will be held on February 8 and counting on February 11.
The Delhi Police Commissioner Office, while informing the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi about the current state of law and order in the national capital, said that the incidents of violence in the protests that continued in Delhi for the last one month made law and order in view of the assembly elections Has made the situation fragile.
The CEO has also been told by the Police Commissioner Office that the protests against the Revised Citizenship Act (CAA) can last longer in view of the Assembly elections in Delhi. For this reason, the Commission has been demanded to provide 30 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces to conduct the Assembly elections in a peaceful manner.
It is noteworthy that before the Election Code of Conduct came into force on 6 January in Delhi, the Delhi Police had informed the Commission about the need to deploy 179 companies of Central Security Forces in view of the Assembly elections. 176 companies provided on the basis of this have been deployed during the election.
Delhi Police in a letter to the CEO said that compared to the situation of law and order in Delhi at the time of commencement of the assembly election process on January 6, the situation is quite fragile at this time. Attributing the violent protests in Delhi to this, it has been feared that the protests against the CAA for the last one month may go on for a long time in view of the Assembly elections.
In view of this, demanding to provide 30 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces with immediate effect, it has been said that 25 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and five companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been kept in reserve for mandatory services. It will not be possible to deploy in the election. It is noteworthy that 30 companies of CRPF and ITBP are reserved for mandatory services and for VVIP security in case of unavoidable situations.
Delhi Police said that the removal of the Reserve Companies of the security forces will adversely affect the law and order situation in Delhi. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has convened a meeting of the CEO and the Commissioner of Police and other affiliated parties on 31 January to take stock of the preparations for the Delhi Assembly elections. Considering the delicate situation of law and order, it will also discuss to conduct elections in a safe and peaceful manner.
The Commission has called a meeting at four in the evening to review the law and order preparations related to elections in Delhi. The CEOs of Delhi, Election Officers of all districts and District Deputy Commissioners of Police, Nodal Officers and CEOs of local bodies have been called. After this, another important review meeting has been called at 5:30 pm. It will include the Chief Secretary of Delhi, Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Commissioner of Police, Special Commissioner of Police of Delhi and CEO of Delhi.