As the Code of Conduct for Elections has come into force, Police across the district are engaged in intensive surveillance to ensure a peaceful polling on April 6, said Erode SP P Thangathurai.
Following the enactment of the Electoral Code of Conduct, it was ordered that licensed firearms be handed over to the respective police stations.
There are 1447 guns throughout the Erode district. Except 58, the rest were obtained by the police.
58 firearms are exempt for bank money, jewellery and security duties. 939 policemen will be deployed at the polling booths set up at 939 places on polling day.
Additional police security will be put in place at the sensitive polling stations. 3,500 people are needed for election security, including 1,500 non-police personnel. Karnataka State Police will be called for security on the election day.
We have sought permission from the Collector to set up anti-alcohol checkpoints for the elections at Bargur, Talawadi, Ellakattai and Pulinchur.
There are 873 rowdies in the district. 90 of them are in jail. The rest are being monitored, he said.