Chennai police set up election cell ahead of Lok Sabha polls | Chennai News

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The Greater Chennai Police (GCP) has set up a dedicated election cell ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Based on the directions of City Police Commissioner Sandeep Rai Rathore, an election cell headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration) was formed on January 5 and has been functioning out of the commissioner’s office in Vepery.

According to a statement issued by the police on Thursday, 50 police personnel including one additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), two assistant commissioners of police (ACP), five inspectors of police and several sub-inspectors have been deployed in the election cell. Further, four zonal (east, west, north and south) and 12 district election cells have been formed under the inspectors and sub-inspectors for election-related works.

Renovated women’s police guest house inaugurated

The renovated women’s police guest house at Isaac Street, Wall Tax Road was inaugurated on Thursday by Chennai City Police Commissioner Sandeep Rathore who said the facility would be useful for women police personnel who come to the city from other districts for official work. The 21-room guest house has a general hall with kitchen facilities and can accommodate up to 42 people at a rate of Rs 100 per day.

“No other city has as many women police personnel as Chennai. As per the data issued by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) last year, Chennai has been adjourned as the safest metropolitan city for women. We should maintain this for 2024,” Commissioner Rathore said.

Festive offer

Asked whether women personnel on night patrol duty would be provided with guns or other necessary equipment, the commissioner said there was no such requirement as Chennai is a safe city. He also underlined the effectiveness of the existing beat system and assured that the women police personnel were safe.

Rathore added that the police have already started working towards safety measures ahead of the Kaanum Pongal festival on January 18, which usually sees mega gatherings in public places like beaches, parks and exhibition centres. “Members of the public need to celebrate the festival responsibly, keeping the rules and regulations in mind,” he said.

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