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Unprecedented security for by-poll today

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Paramilitary forces and special teams deployed to ensure smooth polling, especially in sensitive areas

All set:Polling personnel heading for their respective polling stations in Adilabad district on Saturday.— PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT
All set:Polling personnel heading for their respective polling stations in Adilabad district on Saturday.— PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT

All arrangements have been made for by-election to Adilabad Assembly constituency which will be held under unprecedented security cover on Sunday. Over 1.7 lakh voters will be exercising their franchise between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 204 polling stations in the mandals of Bela, Jainad and Adilabad.

As many as 122 of the polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive and 48 others as sensitive for the purpose of providing security. Over 2,000 policemen from various armed force units including Central paramilitary Forces have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of polling.

Three Additional Superintendents of Police, 7 DSPs, 18 CIs, 177 SIs will oversee the security aspect during the by-election. The election staff have been provided logistical support with the deployment of 53 jeeps and 28 buses. The staff were moved to respective polling station in the evening. While students of Basar IIIT will handle the live webcasting of polling, 204 video graphers will capture the poll process inside and outside the polling booths.

The entire poll process can be viewed live on a big screen being set up at the Collectorate.

Web cameras

Over 1,600 police personnel, including four companies of paramilitary forces, were deployed in Kamareddi Assembly constituency comprising four mandals for security arrangements during the polling on Sunday .

Since the constituency was once the stronghold of People's War Group naxalites, the police and the civil administration did not want to give any chance even to a small disturbance in the polling. Therefore, at each polling station armed policemen were kept and web cameras and videotaping of polling were also arranged.

In all, 217 polling stations were set up to enable two lakh and odd voters in the constituency to use their franchise. Joint Collector K. Harshavardhan and Additional Joint Collector C. Sreeram Reddy said that voters can cast votes if they show any one of the 16 kinds of identification cards.

Election Commission observers Dharmendra Pratap Yadav (general) and Mohammed Yousuf (expenditure) are extensively touring the constituency . Meanwhile, Rs.1.87 crore cash and 28 kgs of silver were seized at police check-posts arranged in connection with elections by the day. However, it was confirmed that the seizures were not related to elections.

Heavy bandobust

As many as 5,75,333 voters in the three Assembly segments where elections are being held, will exercise their franchise on Sunday in Mahabubnagar segment.

A total of 3,595 polling personnel have been deployed to conduct the polling in free and peaceful manner. Heavy police bandobust has been arranged in all the three constituencies to avoid any untoward incident at the polling stations.

The district Collector and District Election Officer M. Purshotham Reddy visited the centre where election material for Mahabubnagar constituency have been dumped on Saturday. He said that all arrangements have been made and voters can exercise their voting right without any fear. He said that web cameras have been also arranged in every polling station besides arrangements to video graphs the process of voting in every polling station.

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