Sixteen companies (each company comprises around 100 personnel) of Central Paramilitary Force personnel will be deployed in hypersensitive polling booths, which includes those in areas under influence of Maoists in Dakshina Kannada, said Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal.

Mr. Goyal told The Hindu that hypersensitive booths have been identified based on reports prepared by each police station after visiting villages in its jurisdiction. Each of the report contains details such as political situation, persons likely to cause disturbance, people staying near polling stations, condition of polling stations, names of those who are having weapons.

In order to facilitate monitoring of security, all the 916 polling booths in Puttur, Beltangady, Sullia and Bantwal have been plotted with different colours on the Google Earth by taking the global positioning system coordinates of each of the polling station, Mr. Goyal said. Distinction has been made for polling booths that are in areas under the influence of Maoists. The interstate roads and police check posts have also been marked on Google Earth. Security personnel deployed and other information related to the each of the polling station will also be displayed. They are also getting closed circuit television sets to keep vigil at Charmadi, Sardaka, Gundia, Jalsoor, Salathoor and Farangipet, he said.

Mr. Goyal said arrangements have been made to get postal ballots for policemen on election duty. He said first batch of 100 applications seeking postal ballots were being sent to District Electoral Officer on Thursday.

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