Central armed police forces must ensure the security of the inner cordon of counting centers

Extensive security arrangements have been made at counting centers in Sulthan Bathery, Mananthavady and Kalpetta, district police chief Aravind Sukumar said.

Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Mr. Sukumar said security of the inner cordon of counting centers would be provided by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

Security arrangements at each counting center will be overseen by a police team that includes a deputy police superintendent, a police inspector, two deputy inspectors and 32 civilian police officers, Sukumar said. Security arrangements outside the counting centers will be supervised by the relevant sub-divisional police officers with the assistance of a team of 34 members.

Two mobile patrol squads will be present within the boundaries of each police station, in addition to the patrol vehicles of inspectors and sub-divisional police officers.

No one will be allowed to enter the counting center premises without a valid identity card issued by the returning officer concerned. The 100-meter stretch of road in front of the counting centers will be a sterile area, and no vehicles will be allowed there until the count is complete, Sukumar said.

No processions and gatherings will be allowed in the neighborhood. Strict action under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act and Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance will be taken against violators, he said.