It’s tough time for the police in Brahmapur with half the polling booths for the forthcoming polls to the Brahmapur Municipal Corporation (BMC) having been identified as ‘hypersensitive’.
The booths have been categorized as ‘hypersensitive’, ‘sensitive’ and ‘general’ based on the candidates’ profile and expected turnout of voters, said a senior police official.
The corporation has 40 wards having 2, 32,549 enlisted voters. Polling will take place in 218 booths. Of them, 109 are categorized as ‘hypersensitive’, 89 ‘sensitive’ and the rest 20 as ‘general’. To maintain law and order on the polling day, around 20 platoons of police would be deployed in the city. Police forces staged a flag march at Bada Bazaar on Wednesday, said the official. There are a total of 143 candidates in the fray with the Congress and the BJD having fielded candidates in 39 wards each and the BJP in 35 out of the total 40. The CPM has put up a lone candidate while the rest are independents.
Police has launched a special drive to arrest trouble-makers to ensure free and fair polls and have arrested about 50 anti-socials in the last one month