Guntur: With many areas of the city likely to witness a close battle between YSRC, TDP and Jana Sena-BJP alliance in the ensuing urban body polls, Guntur police are taking no chances in their efforts to ensure a peaceful elections.
Though the main tussle would be between the ruling YSRC and TDP, the Jana Sena-BJP combine have emerged strong contenders in at least 10-15 divisions in the city. Guntur urban SP R N Ammireddy has already readied a comprehensive security plan for the polls keeping in view the high number of sensitive locations in the city.
“We have already identified 148 hyper-sensitive and 118 sensitive areas and are taking adequate measures to ensure peaceful polling,” said Ammireddy, adding that he has asked for at least one constable to be deployed in each ward to keep a watch on the day to day developments.
He said he has directed the DSPs and SHOs to coordinate with returning officers of the divisions and take all required measures. A sub-inspector rank officer would be deployed at the municipal corporation to track and grant the required permissions to candidates, while special teams would man check-posts at the city’s entry and exit points. Videos of campaign trails would be checked to track the movement of anti-social elements.
GMC commissioner C Anuradha, who is also the additional returning officer for the polls, said they will set up 531 polling stations spread over 57 municipal divisions in the city. “We have appointed one returning officer for every four divisions. As many as 17 zonal officers would also be managing the election work,” she said.