Jamshedpur: Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth and incident free polling to the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha election on Thursday. Apart from the high profile security arrangements the district administration has taken up slew of measures to ensure electorate are not lured by the political parties to sell their votes.
On Wednesday, polling personnel were airlifted to Maoist affected areas in Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency as the East Singhbhum district administration geared up with slew of measures to ensure free and fair poll on Thursday.
According to information a total of 32 poll personnel along with polling materials and dry rations were airlifted from Sonari Aerodrome by a state-owned chopper.
The administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth and incident free polling to the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha by-election on July 1. Apart from the high profile security arrangements the district administration has taken up slew of measures to ensure electorate are not lured by the political parties to sell their votes.
Officials said that necessary arrangements have also been made for deployment of forces in the district for the smooth conduct of simultaneous polls. There was no dearth of police personnel during elections. The police is fully geared up for the elections and all measures would be been taken to ensure free and fair elections.
On the security front, the administration has deployed 100 companies of security personnel, including 50 companies of the central paramilitary forces, largely in the leftwing extremist infested polling booths in the four Assembly segments of the Ghatshila sub division.
The administration has also identified 105 critical and vulnerable booths in the CPI (Maoist) hit Ghatshila sub division where videography of the electorates will be done at the booth.
The district administration has constituted 72 medical teams to be deputed in sensitive booths, mostly in Naxalite-affected areas of the parliamentary constituency. Each team would comprise a doctor, three paramedics and nursing staff.
In addition to this, micro observers have been deputed at 100 polling stations to keep an eye on every movement of the polling agents and on the suspicious characters, if any, at the naxal infested booths and also at urban area booths which are vulnerable from the law and order point of view.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer for Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency, Amitabh Kaushal said that sensitive and super sensitive booths have been identified in the Assembly areas and security personnel would be deployed accordingly.
“We are confident that the elections will be free and fair and we have finalised every details for the poll,” he noted.
Meanwhile, following directive of election commission the administration would be introducing webcasting through tablets at highly sensitive booths and also carry out recording through videography. There are 110 highly sensitive booths in the constituency.
Jamshedpur parliamentary seat is set to witness a neck to neck fight between sitting MP Dr. Ajoy Kumar from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, Vidyut Baran Mahato from Bharatiya Janata Party. While Mahto is disgruntled former JMM MLA from Behragora, Ajoy Kumar, a former IPS officer is the sitting MP.The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency has 15,51,297 voters and 1,626 booths . Jamshedpur will go for votes tomorrow to decide the fate of 15 candidates in fray. Presently, Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency comprises the following six Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) segments Baharagora Ghatshila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West.