Heavy security arrangements have been put in place across the central zone comprising eight districts for the first phase of local body elections to be held on Monday.

Several companies of Maharastra Police and those from the Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) have also been deployed in different districts falling under the zone to augment the strength of local police for bandobust duty.

Over 10,000 police and non-police personnel have been mobilised and deployed in the zone in addition to seven companies of Maharastra Police and six companies of TSP for the peaceful conduct of election.

Four out of the seven companies of Maharastra Police have been deployed at Thanjavur; two in Tiruchi and one in Perambalur. With regard to allotment of TSP personnel, two companies each have been set aside for Tiruchi and Karur districts and one company each for Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts.

Comprising Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Perambalur, Karur, Ariyalur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts, the central zone alone accounts for over 15,000 polling booths. The total number of booths to be covered in phase – I is 8,022 of which over 500 of them have been classified as “sensitive.”

Police sources say as many as 631 mobile parties and 276 striking forces had been constituted across the zone for the phase – I polls. Additional strength had been deployed at booths classified as “sensitive.”

Sufficient strength had been deployed in the zone to ensure free and fair polling, says the Inspector General of Police, central zone, K.C.Mahali. The Maharastra Police personnel would be utilised as striking forces, while TSP personnel would be utilised for maintaining law and order.

Intensive checks were carried out at all the checks posts in the central zone on the eve of the local body elections. The sources say 48 election violation cases were registered across the zone ahead of the poll.

The Tiruchi City Police authorities under whose jurisdiction the Tiruchi Corporation wards fall have separately deployed over 2,000 police and non-police personnel for the poll.

A total number of 52 mobile parties, 43 striking forces and 12 special striking forces have been constituted as part of the elaborate security arrangements. Of the 690 polling booths falling under the Tiruchi City Police limits, 104 have been identified as “sensitive,” say police sources.