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Security to be upped during local govt polls

Police will beef up security steps ahead of the local elections scheduled for August 4.

“Holding the local body polls is a government decision and we'll stick to it and prepare ourselves accordingly,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad told reporters yesterday after a meeting with LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal at the latter's office.

Asked to comment on the possibility of a confrontation following the four-party alliance's threat to resist the polls, he said, “We don't see any such possibility yet.”

Expressing satisfaction over existing law and order in the country, the IGP said that police would take up a three-phase security plan for period before, during and after the elections.

Appropriate security measures will be put in place 15 to 20 days before the polls day and follow-up steps will be taken on the basis of intelligence reports and effectiveness of the primary measures taken, the IGP explained.

“Although the local body elections are non-political, we will be taking extra measures,” he added.

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