Staff Reporter

As many as 135 villages identified as hypersensitive

Police to videograph procedure at select polling boothsOver 1,400 police personnel to be deployedPreventive arrest of history-sheeters under way

VIJAYAWADA: The police have made elaborate arrangements to prevent untoward incidents in the elections to the local bodies, slated for Wednesday in Krishna district.

The district police have identified 135 villages as hypersensitive and 530 villages as sensitive and deployed additional forces.

For the first time, the police have decided to record the procedure of the elections at select polling booths with the help of video cameras, only to identify the violators of the election code. The city police will use 75 cameras, while the district police have decided to use 21 video cameras.

Elections will be held at 1,928 polling booths across the district. As many as nine deputy superintendents of police, 24 inspectors, 93 sub-inspectors and 48 assistant sub-inspectors will monitor the election procedure, while 149 head constables, 1,266 constables, 24 women constables and 710 home guards will guard the polling booths.

Superintendent of Police of Krishna district Murugesh Kumar Singh visited some of the hypersensitive villages on Tuesday and reviewed the arrangements.

He said that he had asked the members of mobile parties to visit the hypersensitive and sensitive villages frequently when the polling was in progress.

In the city police commissionerate limits, 1,539 personnel would be on election duty.

As many as six assistant commissioners of police would monitor the election procedure, while 1,071 civil force, 570 home guards and 342 city armed-reserve personnel would be posted at polling booths.

Mobile parties

Besides arranging checkposts, the police formed mobile parties, striking and special striking forces and shadow parties to ensure a free and fair election.

Police Commissioner Umesh Sharraf, in a statement here, said that preventive arrest of history-sheeters, recovery of licensed weapons and seizure of liquor bottles was in progress.

He urged the contestants and leaders of all political parties to let the voters exercise their vote in a peaceful environment.