Heavy security was deployed to guard the EVMs in a strong room throughout Telangana state. A three-tier security was provided for the EVMs.The EVMs were transported to the strong room by Friday night following which all security was increased in the strong rooms. In Hyderabad there are around 15 strong rooms and the counting will start early on Tuesday morning.
“All the strong rooms had a single entry/exit and was locked. While one key was handed over to in-charge another was handed over to the person with magistrate powers,” said Director General of Police Mahendra Reddy.
As a part of three-tier security Central Armed Forces were deployed at the door at the first level with 39 officers who will guard the door in three shifts. At the second level state armed forces were deployed followed by city police cops at the third level.
There is also provision for 24x7 electricity with the presence of a generator, if needed. No vehicles including those of the police are allowed into the premises.
“If any person wants to cross the second-level security, they should register their details in the login books which is in the control of the Armed Forces and will be videographed,” added the official.
The arrangements were made in such a way that the security forces can directly view the entrance of the main door into the strong rooms and in other places CCTV cameras have been installed.
All the CCTVs installed at various strong rooms were directly connected to the Command Control Center in Basheerbagh. The returning officer will check the strong room every day and send a daily report to the Chief Electoral Officer.