With both Goa and North Karnataka going to polls on Tuesday, security at the border check posts located on either side was tightened; each vehicle entering or leaving Goa was halted and searched for liquor, cash, goodies and arms.
Sources at the Canacona police station told this daily that as per the guidelines of Election Commission, the police personnel are checking each and every vehicle entering or leaving Goa for the last couple of days for any cash or contraband in violation of regulations laid down by the Election Commission for
ensuring fair and free conduct of polling.
Personnel drawn from various departments like police, RTO, excise department and sales tax department are jointly conducting the checks, it was told.
Assisting them is a strong posse of personnel from Kerala Armed Police Force. Polling for 14 seats in North Karnataka are also going to be held simultaneously on Tuesday, with the polling for two Lok Sabha seats in Goa.
The sources told that the officials from the police stations bordering both the states are co-ordinating with each other since the model code of conduct was enforced on March 10. Canacona, with a total of 61 polling booths, has no past record of occurrence of law and order situation on polling days and as such no booth is categorised as sensitive or vulnerable booth.
“In spite of having a clean record over the past years, we are not taking any chances and will be on our toes till polling ends,” said an officer on the condition of anonymity.
Source:: The Navhind Times