Saturday, March 22, 2014

Odisha: 50% of Polling Booths Vulnerable in Kalahandi

Outlook (India), March 22, 2014

Over 50 per cent of polling booths in Kalahandi district have been identified as vulnerable for the simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, official sources said.

Kalahandi district has 1301 booths of which 156 are vulnerable due to Naxal activities and 541 because of political activities and rivalries, the sources said.

So far as Maoist activities are concerned, Lanjigarh ST reserve assembly constituency is more vulnerable compared to other assembly segments. 70 booths in the assembly segment are highly critical due to Naxal activities.

Tribal dominated blocks of Lanjigarh and Thuamul Rampur are under this constituency. Besides this, 36 booths are vulnerable in Dharamgarh, 25 in Narla, 17 in Junagarh and 8 are in Bhawanipatna assembly constituency, the sources said.

So far vulnerability due to political activities/ rivalries is concerned, of the 541 politically vulnerable polling booths of the district, 142 are in Bhawanipatna, 121 in Lanjigarh, 102 in Narla, 94 in Junagarh and 82 in Dharamgarh assembly constituency.

It has been decided to make adequate security arrangements, deploy mobile police squads in these booths and polling stations to ensure fair and peaceful election, a senior official said.

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