Law, order to be maintained during Punjab by-polls: IGP

LAHORE   –   Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan on Friday said that all resources would be used by the supervisory officers for peaceful conduct of by-elections in 20 constituen­cies of 14 districts of the province.

Presiding over a meeting on security arrange­ments for the by-elections, he said that full imple­mentation of the Election Commission code of conduct would be ensured and there would be no delay in taking strict legal action against violators without any discrimination, he added.

Sardar directed the Lahore police to take spe­cial measures in all the four constituencies of the provincial capital, adding that fighting, aerial fir­ing, and violation of the code of conduct would be unacceptable and there would be 100 percent ban on display of weapons, firing into the air and use of private guards, he warned. During the meeting, arrangements for deployment of security person­nel for the by-elections, provision of security to the Election Commission staff and ensuring law and order situation were reviewed. The IGP di­rected the officers to hold regular meetings with the district returning officers and district admin­istration to implement the devised standard op­erating procedures (SOPs) for maintaining law and order. He also tasked the Special Branch and intelligence agencies to prepare reports of con­duct of field officers by secret monitoring during by-elections. He said that conducting the election peacefully was an important responsibility of the Punjab police and any negligence or illegal ac­tivity would not be tolerated under any circum­stances, he added. The meeting was attended by Additional IG Special Branch, Additional IG Opera­tions, Additional IG South Punjab, DIG Operations Punjab and CTD higher-ups, CCPO Lahore, RPOs and DPOs of 14 districts attended it video link.

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