Heavy security in Umerkote for by-poll

Umerkote: Elaborate security arrangements have been made for tomorrow`s by-election in Odisha`s Maoist-infested Umerkote assembly constituency for which an estimated 1,65,037 voters are eligible to vote. The contesting candidates in the tribal-dominated segment in Nabarangpur district are Dharmu Gond of BJP, Subas Gond of BJD and Jatindra Gond of Congress Party.

Of the 162 booths in Umerkote assembly segment,?70 have been identified as sensitive and 67 booths as hyper-sensitive. Special arrangements have been made for these booths and also in Maoist pockets. Armed police personnel in strength and central para military force?have been deployed in various places in and around the constituency, bordering Chhattisgarh.

Of the 32 gram panchayats in the constituency 15 have Maoist pockets with security-men keeping vigil on polling booths. The Central Para Military Force personnel have been deployed in border entry points of the constituency and also stationed at strategic locations. Altogether 750 polling personnel and 17 sectoral officers have been deployed in the constituency for polling.

Five executive magistrate have also been employed. District Collector Sivabrata Dash, DIG of Police Soumendra Priyadarshi, SP Niti Sekhar along with other senior officials are camping in the constituency.