Poll Alert: Mangalore city police tighten their grip on habitual offenders

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MANGALORE: Mangalore city police has sent a list of 450 offenders to taluk executive magistrate as a preventive measure ahead of state assembly election. The list has been prepared based on the history of offenders, who were involved in various election-related and other offences in 15 law and order police stations under the city police commissionerate.

City police chief Manish Kharbikar told STOI that the tahsildar, who is also the taluk executive magistrate, may serve show-cause notice to listed offenders and seek their explanation. “Action will be initiated based on explanation from offenders. Police may take offenders into preventive custody till the election process is over. Further, executive magistrate may also seek offenders to execute bond assuring cooperation during election,” he added.

City police is gearing up in a full-fledged manner for the smooth conduct of election in 782 polling booths of Mangalore, Mangalore City South, Mangalore City North and Moodbidri assembly constituencies that comes under its limits, Manish said.

“Out of the 782 booths, 586 are normal, 133 are sensitive and the remaining 63 polling stations are hypersensitive, where more forces need to be deployed to ensure peaceful polling. State will be getting additional paramilitary forces to guard hypersensitive and sensitive booths from the Centre. Around 50 – 60 companies of paramilitary forces are expected to be sent to Dakshina Kannada district and they will be deployed in hypersensitive and sensitive booths in city limits,” he added.

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