BARAMULLA: The seven assembly constituencies in this north Kashmir district do not have a single ‘normal’ polling booth.
Officials told Kashmir Reader that the district has a total 825 polling stations at 674 locations. Of these, 339 have been categorised as ‘sensitive’ while 486 are ‘hypersensitive’, they said.
Reportedly, the state has 10,005 polling stations identified for the upcoming assembly polls, and of them 6250 are hypersensitive or sensitive. The rest have been declared as normal.
The categorisation is done on the basis of militancy, apprehensions of booth capturing, and possibilities of bogus voting. As per media reports, almost all polling stations in border areas of the state including International Border and the Line of Control (LoC) have either been declared as hypersensitive or sensitive.
The officials said that the Uri constituency close to the LoC has 129 polling stations comprising of an equal number of sensitive and hypersensitive booths.
In Rafiabad, 20 booths are sensitive and 87 are hyper sensitive in the total 107 stations, they said.
Sopore has all 134 polling stations declared as hypertensive, the officials said.
Sangrama has only 15 sensitive stations in the total 92 booths while the remaining 77 are hypersensitive, they said, adding that Baramulla has 55 sensitive and 61 hypersensitive booths in the total 116 polling stations.
According to the officials, Gulmarg has 129 stations in which 101 are sensitive and 28 hypersensitive while Pattan has total 118 polling stations with 45 sensitive and 73 hypersensitive booths.