DIPHU, Dec 28 � In the trouble-torn Karbi Anglong district, for the 11th KAAC election, district police has earmarked 197 constituencies as sensitive, 33 constituencies in the remote and inaccessible locations as very sensitive while three polling stations have been labelled hyper sensitive.
Biren Dutta, Assam State Election Commissioner while briefing the media at Diphu circuit house assured that this time they will not allow any manipulation either before or after the elections.
Speaking on the sensitivity of the election scenario of this district, he informed that the commission will treat the security of the candidates, polling personnel and voters as the primary concern.
Dutta further mentioned that to maintain transparency, media cells in Bokajan, Hamren and Diphu will be revamped.
While refusing to divulge the details of the security arrangement during the election he said that sufficient force will be made available to ensure safety measures. He added that fixed police pickets will be set up in all sensitive and hyper sensitive polling stations of the district.
He mentioned that six observers of joint secretary level under one senior IAS officer will comprise the team of election observers. Speaking on the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), Dutta informed that already officers of Agriculture, Irrigation departments and ASEB have been show caused for violating the Election Code of Conduct and action will be taken against the errant officers.
Describing the vote casting process, he asserted that ballot papers will be used for the ensuing election instead of EVMs to abide by the recommendations of the KAAC constitution. Dutta appealed to the media to help the commission so that there is a large turn out on the polling day and deserving candidates get elected.
Meanwhile, after declaration of the poll schedule, the first report of violence has come from Dillai locality today, a place around 25 kilometres from Diphu. As per police source, based on previous information, a team of combined security force rounded up a hideout of suspected Karbi Peoples Liberation Tiger (KPLT) at around 4.30am in Terang village and engaged the militants in a gunbattle. However, taking advantage of darkness, the militants managed to flee to the nearby forest. No one was injured in the skirmish.