All security arrangements in place: DGP

Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh on Sunday said that all security arrangements have been put in place for peaceful polling in the volatile Pulwama and Shopian districts of southern Kashmir.

“Adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the polling. Hopefully, the voting will be peaceful,” DGP told Greater Kashmir.

“In southern Kashmir, the militant threat is always there and we are taking care of that,” he said.

The police chief said the polling staff and the material have reached the polling booths both in southern Kashmir as well as the Ladakh region.  “Conducive atmosphere has been created for voters at both the places,” he said. “We expect huge participation.”

Over 6.97 lakh electors are set to vote in the last phase of the parliamentary elections 2019 in Ladakh and Kashmir on May 6.

Ladakh parliamentary constituency and Pulwama-Shopian districts of Anantnag parliamentary constituency are going to polls with aggregated electoral strength of 697,148 voters including 357,879 males, 335,799 females, 3,456 service voters (3401 male and 55 female) and 14 transgender voters.

Meanwhile, the DGP said that the police have got clues into the killing of BJP leader Ghulam Mohammed Mir. “We have certain clues and we are working on them,” he said. “Soon we will track down the people responsible for killing.”

He said they have seized the vehicle in which the militants escaped. “Every aspect is being investigated,” he said.

Popularly known as Atal, after the BJP’s patriarch AtalBihari Vajpayee, Mir had unsuccessfully contested on the saffron ticket from Dooru assembly constituency of south Kashmir in 2008 and 2014.

About the security of the political leaders and the activists, the DGP said there is proper mechanism and they are sure nobody is facing problem. “ADGP Security is carrying out security review almost on daily basis,” he said adding that in case of exigency, timely security is being provided.