Mangaluru, Mar 31, 2018: To check violation of the model code of conduct, the district administration has set up check posts at 15 locations in the district. All vehicles entering the district are being checked by the police thoroughly. The vehicles are inspected even at remote places as well.
In the City Police Commissionerate jurisdiction, six check posts have been set up at different places, including Talapady and Konaje.
The district police have opened check posts at nine places at different places, including Sullia, Adyanadka, Vittal and Puttur. The district administration is mulling over setting up an additional 11 check posts.
DK DC Sasikanth Senthil has directed the officials to be on a high alert to ensure that cash, liquor, clothes, and vessels are not transported to woo voters ahead of election. He has directed all the check posts to inspect even ambulances in the backdrop of allegations that they are used for illegal transportation of cash and liquor.
"The check posts will function round-the-clock in three shifts. Each shift will have an ASI, one head constable and three constables. In addition, the check post will have a video recorder and a sectoral magistrate. All the check posts have been provided with a hand camera. Within a few days, even CCTVs will be installed to ensure that all the inspections are recorded," SP B R Ravikanthe Gowda said.
After the model code of conduct came into force, the officials of the urban local bodies and Gram Panchayats have removed government hoardings in the district.
The hoardings and posters of various political parties, hoardings highlighting the government schemes from Deputy Commissioner’s office, different parts of Mangaluru city, on either side of the NH 75, NH 66 and even posters on compound walls were also removed.
Within minutes of the Election Commission announcing the poll dates for Karnataka, officers began clearing the streets of posters, banners and hoardings put up by the government and other political parties.
The Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Committee of Dakshina Kannada district has put up hoardings to create awareness on the need for exercising franchise. The hoardings read “Our vote is precious, come to the polling booth,” “Our vote is our right,” “I am proud to be a voter” and so on.
City Police Commissioner T R Suresh has directed all those who possess firearms for self-protection to deposit the firearms with the nearest police station or with the licensed arms dealer before April 10. The Election Commission has directed to suspend all the licences to possess arms ahead of the Assembly polls on May 12.