Police intensify search operations to seize money and liquor at all check-posts

District police machinery made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of civic polls in municipal corporation of Nizamabad and Bodhan, Armoor and Kamareddy municipal councils on Sunday.

As many as four Deputy SPs, 22 Circle Inspectors of Police, 64 Sub-Inspectors, 151 head constables, 583 constables, 179 women constables and 380 home guards were being deployed for the bandobust. Additional SP (OSD) A. Pradeep Reddy distributed the route passes to the police personnel at the Police Parade Grounds today.

The police, meanwhile, intensified search operations to seize money and liquor at all check-posts. Every vehicle is being checked thoroughly at all check-posts.

All arrangements are in place for over 3.5 lakh voters to exercise their franchise in the polling to be held in six municipalities in Adilabad district on Sunday. The municipalities where elections will be held are Adilabad (92,343 voters), Nirmal (56,643), Bhainsa (34,044), Mancherial (73,985), Bellampally (55,695) and Kagaznagar (43,633).

There are a total of 326 polling stations in 190 wards in all the municipalities with Adilabad and Nirmal having the largest at 36 wards each. As many as 66 of these wards are categorised as hypersensitive while 112 are sensitive. Only 12 are categorised as normal — 2 in Mancherial, 8 in Bellampally and 2 in Kagaznagar.

The police have made elaborate bandobust for smooth conduct of the election and has drawn the force from local units. Some 12 units of striking force and special striking force each and 25 shadow teams were deployed during the campaign period which remained peaceful.

More than 1.34 lakh voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the civic elections to Kothagudem, Yellendu and Sattupalli municipalities and Madhira Nagara Panchayat slated for Sunday.

According to sources, as many as 97 wards in three municipalities and one nagara panchayat will go to the polls on Sunday. More than 160 electronic voting machines are likely to be used for the polling. A large contingent of police force was deployed in Kothagudem on the eve of civic elections. Patrolling has been intensified in the politically sensitive areas in the coal town.