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Tight security in Maoist zone

Security has been beefed up in the Maoist-infested Malkangiri, Gudari, Gunpur, Kashipur and Rayagada areas to thwart any untoward incident during the urban local body polls on Thursday.

Published: 19th September 2013 09:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2013 09:22 AM   |  A+A-

Security has been beefed up in the Maoist-infested Malkangiri, Gudari, Gunpur, Kashipur and Rayagada areas to thwart any untoward incident during the urban local body polls on Thursday.  Officials said, as many as 11 platoons of CRPF, DVF and SOG jawans have been deployed in the 110 hyper-sensitive booths including 28 in Rayagada and 14 in Gunpur.

Additional security arrangements were also being made in the ULBs in southern Odisha where Maoists were having a strong presence, they added. The State Election Commission has identified  561 booths as sensitive and 110 hypersensitive.

 Officials  said since a large number of polling booths had been identified as sensitive, necessary steps were being taken to ensure smooth polling. More than 18 lakh voters will cast their votes at 1968 booths in 1103 wards in the 66 urban local bodies, including the Berhampur Municipal Corporation with highest number of 40 wards.

A total of 3893 candidates are in fray in the 66 ULBs going to the polls. Meanwhile, the SEC had taken a series of measures to ensure free and fair poll in all the ULBs. Special squads had been deployed to prevent violation of the model code of conduct. Notably, the election has been stopped in 25 ULBs spread over nine districts in western Odisha after the poll process was affected  due to the long-drawn agitation demanding establishment of a permanent High Court bench.         



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