DC gives orders for issuance of permission cards to activists
At a meeting held with returning officers (ROs) of the district, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-DEO KK Yadav today issued instructions for the release of the permission cards to the activists of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) so that they might have access to the area secured by the tier-two security of the strong room in order to keep a vigil on the rooms.
While seven AAP candidates as well activists had yesterday placed several demands regarding increasing security arrangements of the strong rooms, they had demanded from the DC that party activists should be allowed to sit on eight-hour shifts in tier-two security access areas to guard the strong rooms, from where they might have an eye shot of the rooms in which the EVMs had been stored. Their other demands included permission to place their own locks on strong room doors as well. The third key demand of the activists was the placing of a paper seal on the latch of the lock which would also ensure additional security of the strong rooms.
At the meeting held in the presence of all district ROs, the DC instructed the respective ROs to ensure the issuance of cards to party members who wanted to keep a vigil on the strong rooms. The cards shall be issued from tomorrow. Notably, the district administration had already ensured the release of the CCTV feed to party volunteers on vigil at the site of the strong rooms. AAP candidates Darshan Bhagat, Chandan Grewal, Saroop Singh Kadiana, Sarwan Singh Hayer, Hans Raj Rana, media coordinator Atamprkash Babloo, among others, had met the DC yesterday. While the party activists have pitched a tent at the site of the strong rooms to keep a vigil at the spot, two activists per constituency from nine constituencies are deputed round the clock to keep a vigil on the rooms.
While the AAP has been pitching tents outside the strong rooms in various districts post elections, in Jalandhar the party had raised the issue especially after party leader and Dakha candidate had raised concerns regarding the security of the EVMs.
The district administration has, meanwhile, said that proper security of all EVMs stored at Patwar School was being ensured since Day one.