Gearing up for Assembly polls, the Himachal Pradesh Police has stepped up its activities in the elections slated for 9 November.

Director General of Police Somesh Goyal on Monday said, “Fifteen companies of paramilitary force have already arrived and deployed mainly on the interstate barriers to check the illegal movement of cash, liquor, drugs and items of inducement to voters. A total of 93 such barriers has been operationalised on the borders of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Una has the largest number, 25 of these barriers followed by 21 barriers in Kangra.”

A total of 65 companies of paramilitary force -23 from ITBP, 15 each from BSF and CRPF and 12 from SSB, will be deployed for the elections by the state police, he said.

Besides, the state police will mobilise approximately 11,500 policemen and 6,000 home guards to provide security during the electoral process, he added.

HP has close to 87,000 arms licence holders, which is one of the highest arms to population ratio in the country. Over 36,000 arms have already been deposited with the police so far.

He informed that more than 27 lakh of Indian currency has been seized by various agencies in the last ten days.
The state police alone have seized Rs 23,87,000 in cases where the carrier of the cash did not have any plausible explanation for carrying cash, he added.

The police has also registered 35 cases under the NDPS Act and booked 38 persons and recovered 11.68 kg charas, 9 kg ganja, 7.7 kg poppy husk, nearly 1 kg opium and some quantities of heroine, smack and capsules in the last 10 days.

The police have also been able to recover various type of liquor to the tune of approximately 4,000 litres in the last 10 days.

Forty proclaimed offenders involved in various crimes in HP have also been nabbed by the police, he added.