Delhi polls: Drones in sky on voting day, security blanket for stir-hit zones

With protests towards the Citizenship (Amendment) Act raging and back-to-back taking pictures incidents at Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Millia, the Delhi Assembly election on Saturday will witness an unprecedented security blanket that would come with drones and a futuristic facial recognition system which identifies potential trouble-makers.

For the primary time, drones mounted with cameras will maintain a watch on ballot proceedings from the sky. Police stated it’s going to even be the primary time that Delhi Police will set up a high-end Facial Recognition System in and across the ‘susceptible’ polling cubicles.

This Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) measures facial options and might work in varied mild circumstances, detect make-up, cosmetic surgery or ageing, and match these towards saved knowledge on potential suspects.

“Drones will be used to keep surveillance around polling booths. Mostly, drones will fly above the sensitive areas to maintain law and order,” Devesh Chandra Srivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), instructed mail Today.

The selections had been taken after receiving inputs about doable violence on the polling cubicles in delicate areas of town. The security paraphernalia deployed for the polls on Saturday, Mail Today has learnt, contains 60,000 security personnel together with 38,400 police personnel, 19,00Zero house guards and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

Special focus might be on the unstable South Delhi neighbourhoods similar to Shaheen Bagh (see field), Jamia Nagar and Seemapuri in North East Delhi the place the continuing protests towards the citizenship legislation have triggered violence on a number of events in the current previous.

“The details of more than 150 suspects have already been stored in the data box to identify them on polling day. Most of these suspects are involved in recent cases of violence at Jamia, New Friends Colony, Seemapuri along with some other miscreants,” stated an official who didn’t wish to be named.


Officials stated as many as 200 polling cubicles have been categorised as ‘essential’, and 90 ‘susceptible and liable to violence’ in North Delhi’s Okhla space (together with Jamia Nagar and Shaheen Bagh) and North East Delhi’s Seelampur space which additionally witnessed protests.

A ‘susceptible’ polling sales space may have six law enforcement officials deployed, as a substitute of the standard three. Also, an ACP-rank officer might be current.

A sales space marked ‘essential’ may have 4 officers current in the course of the polling course of, as a substitute of two, officers stated.

In all, there are 3,141 ‘essential’ and 144 ‘susceptible’ polling cubicles in Delhi – which has a complete of 13,700 polling cubicles.

Delhi Police is not going to solely rely on drone surveillance, however they’ve additionally stationed a devoted crew to watch CCTV footages all through polling day, an officer stated. This, he stated, was not the standard observe.


Over the final 52 days, the Capital has witnessed a collection of protests and violence associated to the brand new citizenship legislation. On December 15, over 50 college students, locals and policemen had been injured when a protest march of Jamia Millia college students took a violent flip. On January 30, a teen opened fired twice close to Holy Family Hospital in Jamia space when the scholars had been taking out a march. A scholar from the college obtained a bullet harm on his hand.

On February 1, a person opened hearth twice close to the anti-CAA protest website at Shaheen Bagh in South-East Delhi. On February 2, two unidentified individuals opened hearth at Gate No 5 of the Jamia Millia Islamia University.

“Foot patrolling, PCR vans and bike patrolling will start well in advance. On the eve of polling day, the deployment will be done. Even the CAPFs will be deployed in the vulnerable sectors. Other paramilitary forces will also be deployed,” Srivastava stated.


Social media posts will even be scrutinised carefully on polling day. Parts of the Capital noticed an Internet shutdown for a number of hours on December 19 in the course of the peak of the CAA protests.

“To keep away from any untoward incident as a result of rumour-mongers, correct vigilance on social media platforms might be stored. There are occasions when some anti-social components flow into faux or unverified information to create nuisance.

Any irresponsible and derogatory remark on the social media can land an individual behind bars,” stated Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central district) and Delhi Police spokesperson MS Randhawa.

Another senior officer stated that other than putting in steel detector gates inside polling cubicles, walk-ways might be created at delicate areas.

“The model code of conduct is being strictly enforced. A special watch is being kept on border areas to foil any attempt by antisocial elements to infiltrate,” Randhawa stated.

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