Bargarh: With the campaigning for the Bijepur Assembly by-election on October 21 kicking off on Wednesday, Director General of Police (DGP) BK Sharma held a high-level meeting with DIG (Northern Range), DIG (Intelligence), IG (Intelligence), ADG (Law and Order) and DIG, CRPF at the district police headquarters here.
Speaking to media after the meeting, the DGP said that the police will maintain neutrality during the Bijepur bye-election as per the directive of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Meanwhile, Bargarh SP has sought the deployment of at least 30 platoons of armed police force which is being reviewing at the State level.
Apart from the deployment of Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP), four platoons of CRPF and three platoons of Special Security (SS) Battalion, Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel will also be deployed during the bye-election. Besides, CCTV cameras will be installed in 15 sensitive locations.
The DGP also said that the local police have started nabbing criminals and mischief mongers ahead of the by-polls.