Over 43,000 cops deployed for Feb 21 Gujarat civic polls

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Ahmedabad, Feb 19 (PTI) Over 43,000 police personnel will be deployed for the civic polls in six major cities of Gujarat on February 21, state Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia said on Friday.

Counting of votes for the polls in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar will take place on February 23.

The deployment would include 25,000 personnel from regular units, 15,000 homeguards, and 3,000 from the state reserve police force (SRPF), he said.

Bhatia said police had, since January 23 when the poll notification was issued, seized liquor worth Rs 8 crore and Rs 1.97 lakh during searches.

Since last month, over 48,000 licensed firearms have been temporarily seized from owners, and 1.5 lakh people were placed under preventive detection, the DGP added.

In a statement, Bhatia said extra forces would be deployed in sensitive polling booths, adding that 97 check posts have been created along the state's borders in view of the polls. PTI PJT BNM BNM