There is a sharp difference between the number of sensitive and hypersensitive polling booth identified by the police of seven districts in Garhwal range and the tentative assessment done at the level of state police headquarters for the assembly elections in the state scheduled for January 30.
After the announcement of polls in the state, police started the exercise of identifying the constituencies and polling booths having sensitive or hypersensitive nature. But, the final assessment done at the range level is different from that set by the police headquarters for the sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths.
There are 41 assembly seats in the seven districts of Garhwal division namely Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal and Chamoli. And there will be total 4,396 polling centres and 5,817 polling booths in the whole division.
Some 1,531 booths have been identified as sensitive and hyper sensitive in Garhwal range, which include 647 hypersensitive polling booths and 884 sensitive category polling booths. On the contrary, police headquarters had done an assessment that portrays a totally different picture. It had identified 350 hypersensitive polling booths and 452 sensitive booths in the whole Garhwal range.
The DIG (Garhwal), Sanjay Gunjyal, told Hindustan Times that the number of sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths in the district was just an initial estimate and with further booth level meticulous exercise, it was likely to decrease.
HT has even learnt that chief election officer (CEO) Radha Raturi showed her displeasure over the burgeoning number of sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths in Garhwal range.