Sangareddy: Sangareddy Superintendent of Police S Chandrashekar Reddy on Thursday said smartphones had made election monitoring much easier for cops.
Speaking to Telangana Today a day ahead of the polling, the SP said they geo-tagged all the polling stations and 144 mobile teams. “If there is any issue at any of the booths, we will find out which mobile team is moving closer to that particular booth using Election Monitoring Tool. We will just tap on the location of the vehicle, and the mobile team will receive an alert,” he said.
Stating that it would save a lot of time, the top cop said it would also ensure the smooth conduct of the elections since a mobile team would reach the place to take control of the polling station within a short time. He further said each of the 144 mobile teams would cover four to five villages.
Since some locations in remote areas in Narayanakhed, Zaheerabad constituencies did not have a proper mobile network, Reddy said they had installed five repeaters to improve the connectivity across the district. Apart from the local police, the SP said they had got nine companies (900 personnel) of paramilitary forces. Besides this, Maharashtra had also sent 600 home guards. Stating that they had deployed paramilitary forces at 300 critical polling stations, Reddy said the local police and Maharashtra home guards were deployed at the remaining booths. He said they had created a peaceful environment to help people vote freely.
Since Sangareddy district had a border with Bidar of Karnataka, the top cop said they had set up four checkposts on four different roads to prevent the movement of antisocial elements across the Karnataka-Telangana border.