Half of polling booths in BMC branded hyper-sensitive

Berhampur: Half of the polling booths in the Berhampur Municipal Corporation in Odisha have been identified as hyper-sensitive ahead of the urban polls.
 
The booths have been so categorised 'based on the candidate's profile and expected turn-out of voters, Berhampur Superintendent of Police Anirudh Singh said.
 
The corporation comprises 40 wards with 2,32,549 voters. Voting is scheduled to take place in 218 booths on September 19. Of them 109 are categorised as hypersensitive, 89 sensitive and the rest 20 as general.
 
Around 20 platoons of police (over 660 personnel) would be deployed in the city on the polling day to maintain law and order. Police forces staged a flag march at Bada Bazar on Wednesday, Singh said.
 
A special drive has been launched to arrest trouble-makers to ensure free and fair polls. "In the last one month we hae arrested about 50 anti-socials," the SP said.
 
As many as 143 candidates are in the fray. While Congress and BJD have fielded 39 candidates each, BJP is contesting in 35 wards. The CPM has a lone candidate. The rest are independents.