Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Naxalites spur sensitive tag

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Securitymen on guard outside a booth
Jamshedpur, March 16: More than 80 per cent polling booths in the Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency have been declared sensitive and hypersensitive.

While 595 booths have been placed in sensitive category, another 776 were declared hypersensitive.

Only 255 of the total 1,626 booths have been placed under normal category.

Most of the polling booths in sensitive and hypersensitive categories are located in remote villages. The administration has considered the Naxalite presence in various areas before finalising the list of sensitive and hypersensitive booths.

Senior administrative officials said that the final list of sensitive and hypersensitive booths would be released over the next couple of days. The administration has also identified 1,093 buildings in the district that would house the polling centres.

The local administration would require around 2,200 private vehicles for conducting the election smoothly. The transport office has started the process to ensure availability of private transport during the election. Officials said that the transporters would be requested to provide their vehicles to the department.

District transport officer Shivendra Singh said that a meeting of transport association and petrol pump owners in the city has been called on March 18 to discuss the issue.

Singh added that the administration would require the vehicles at least five days before it goes to poll on April 21.

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