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Orissa: 626 booths identified as Naxal-prone

PARALAKHEMUNDI: Around 626 booths of 63 panchayats under seven blocks have been identified as Naxalite-prone in Gajapati district for the panchayat elections.Besides, of 1,526 booths of 129 panchayats, 576 and 584 booths have been categorised as sensitive and hypersensitive respectively.
While the number of sensitive booths is higher in Gosani block, Kasinagar block accounts for the lowest with 41 of 159 booths.This year, as many as 3,14,872 voters would exercise their franchise to elect 14 Zilla Parishad members, 120 Sarpanchs and 119 Samiti members.

Nine Sarpanchs and 10 Samiti members have been already elected unopposed in the district.As per the election schedule, Mohona, R-Udayagiri, Nuagada and Rayagada blocks would be covered in the first three phases, and Gosani, Gumma and Kasinagar would be in the last two.

Meanwhile, district administration and police have taken measures for smooth conduct of the polls and about 2,721 State Government employees would be engaged in poll duties.

District Collector D V Swammy said arrangements had been made by the administration to ensure a free and fair poll. He, however, sought cooperation of political parties and public for making the exercise peaceful.


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posted by Bimal 5.2.07,


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