Hyderabad: The police will be deploying spotters and hidden cameras to keep a check on the election process in the State. According to senior police officers, uniformed men drawn from various law enforcement agencies including Central forces, State departments like Excise and Prohibition, Legal Metrology, Fire Services and local police are being deployed as part of security arrangements.
The police in trouble prone areas and Left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected areas will also be deploying spotters. The spotters are policemen or intelligence sleuths dressed as civilians and moving about in the public to identify noted criminals and mischief mongers.
The police are using hidden cameras, which have been provided to mufti teams (police in civilian clothes) to record any incidents of violence or trouble during the polls. The hidden cameras will capture the incident and help in identify trouble makers with the video to later serve as evidence to ensure conviction of the accused persons.
This apart, senior police officials posted in different wings like Crime Investigation Department, Traffic, Headquarters and police training institutes in the State have been drafted for the poll duty.
Instructions have been issued to field level police officers not to allow candidates or any other political leaders to move in groups along with their followers. The officials after reviewing the past incidents have ordered the field level officers to immediately disperse groups tailing candidates. “Cases will be registered for those not adhering to the rules,” said a senior police official.