The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has alerted all states and Union Territories of possible violence during the counting of votes on Thursday. The advisory has come out in the wake of calls and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption.
MHA has alerted all the state chief secretaries to step up measures. The ministry has also ordered to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility.
"The home ministry has alerted the state chief secretaries and directors general of police regarding possibility of eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes tomorrow," the statement said.
The ministry said the states and UTs have been further asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and venues of counting of votes.
"This is in the wake of calls given and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption on the day of counting of votes," it said.
The central security agencies have received inputs that some organisations and individuals, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Tripura, have given certain statements which may lead to violence and disruption in counting process, an official said.
Lok Sabha elections were held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. Counting will take place on Thursday.