Security forces stage flag march ahead of polls in Agra

May 3rd, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Agra, May 3 (ANI): With a view to ensure free and fair polling during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 7, security personnel staged a flag march in Agra, Uttar Pradesh over the weekend.

The flag march was conducted to infuse confidence among voters thatadequate security measures are in force to ensure a peaceful casting ofvotes.

Police personnel sported the latest anti-riot accessories during the flag march.

Besides the Uttar Pradesh Police, 700 Home Guards, 13 companies of theCentral Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and 7 companies from the Border Security Force (BSF) will be deployed at different locations in the city.

“To restore the confidence among the people and to ensure free andsafe atmosphere in the election, we have staged the flag march. We are also displaying the anti-riots accessories and kits. We will take strict actionagainst those creating any untoward incidents,” said Prem Prakash, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Agra Range.

India is currently holding general elections to the Lok Sabha in fivephases, which commenced on April 16.

The first, second and third phases of polling were held on April 16, 23 and30 respectively.

The final two stages will be held on May 7 and 13.

The outcome of the five-stage elections will be known on May 16. (ANI)

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