Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Apr 9:
Around 10428 employees have fanned out to the 1738 polling booths in Sundargarh district to ensure the smooth conduct of the first phase of polls in Odisha tomorrow.
The Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat comrises the Assembly segments of Sundargarh, Talsara, Rajgangpur, Biramitrapur, Raghunathpali, Rourkela & Bonai .
According to District Election Officer BS Punia, while polling teams for Sundargarh, Talsara and Rajgangpur segments were sent from Sundargarh, the teams meant for Biramitrapur, Rourkela & Raghunathpali seats were dispatched from here and the team for Bonai from Biramitrapur. The dispatch of polling officials, which started yesterday, was completed today, he said.
While 18 booths of Talsara are considered as Maoist hit areas, 16 booths of Sundargarh are considered as sensitive, 18 and 69 booths of Biramitrapur are considered as Maoist hit and sensitive respectively. Similarly 5 booths are Maoist hit and 2 booths sensitive in Raghunathpali, 21 booths are sensitive in Rourkela, 25 booths are Maoist hit and 42 are sensitive in Rajgangpur and in Bonai 52 are Maoist hit and 16 are sensitive, said sources.
Adequate police security arrangement have been made in all the polling booths of the district by Sundargarh and Rourkela police districts. A total of 12 companies of additional para-military and along with district police force will be deployed in and around Sundargarh district apart from the normal force already deployed in various part of the district before the election process got underway.
There are apprehensions of a low turn out since most voters had not received the customary ‘chirkut’ (a piece of paper that is a veritable entry pass to the polling booth) till this evening.