Thousands of staff leave for polling stations
Undeterred by killing of a poll official in a militant attack in Anantnag constituency which went to polls on April 24, thousands of government employees have left for their respective polling stations alongwith EVM and other material in Srinagar parliamentary constituency going to polls tomorrow.
The authorities have set up 1,546 polling stations across the length and breadth of the constituency. Out of these polling stations all but 55 are hyper sensitive or sensitive because of threat perception.
The employees, who were given special training during the past two week in the constituency, spread over three central districts of Ganderbal, Badgam and Srinagar, were directed to report today to collect the EVM and other poll material.
Later the poll officials were sent to their respective polling stations under unprecedented security arrangements.
However, the poll officials alleged that there was no proper arrangment for their stay in the polling stations.
A large number of security force personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons were seen deployed to guard the polling stations, set up mostly in educational institutions.
At some sensitive places security forces and state police personnel have intensified night and foot patrolling to instill confidence among the voters to cast their votes without any fear.
A poll official was killed and another official besides a CRPF and a police constables and a civilian driver were injured when militants attacked a vehicle carrying them in Shopian in Anantnag constituency, which went to polls on April 24.
The poll officials in the constituency alleged that there was no arrangement for their night stay and some of them had to sleep in local mosques without food.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)