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Mapping vulnerable areas to ensure peaceful polls

Such maps prepared by police stations will be handed over to the paramilitary forces and the commander will be briefed by a cop, reports BK Singh.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 04:05 IST
BK Singh

Voters list may have been manipulated to suit the interests of a particular party and photo identity cards may not be reaching the potential voters but at least on the law and order and security front, the Assembly elections this time are going to be unprecedented.

On earlier occasions the cops might have been identifying potential trouble spots and trouble makers but this time they have been directed to do something new: Mapping vulnerable areas.

This is an exercise to be carried out by police stations on the direction of the Election Commission throughout the State.
It aims at mapping out vulnerable areas under a police station on four parameters: Communal (red), casteist (blue), political (yellow) and criminal (green).

Such maps prepared by police stations will be handed over to the paramilitary forces and the commander will be briefed by a cop in a bid to minimize the reaction time in case of any trouble, said police sources.

Apart from this the cops were identifying potential trouble makers in these areas on which strict vigilance will be maintained and preventive measures will be taken during the pre-poll days or on the day of polling. After identification of vulnerable areas and the potential trouble makers therein, the map would also depict the location of striking reserve to be placed at the nearest point so that any disturbance could be quelled immediately without loosing time. The map will also carry detailed description of various sectors within the Assembly constituency including that of polling stations along with the route for the facility of the security forces.

For example, the area around Geep Flash Light Industries in Civil Lines has been marked as political.
Similarly, the area towards the main police station in Civil Lines has been marked with blue colour depicting caste factor being dominant.

The area towards Nagar Nigam and further east has been painted as communal in nature. Some areas near the crossing of Maharshi Dayanand Marg and National Highway No 2 are both communal and casteist while the area around Boys High School has been marked as political in nature.