Bangalore: Tight security arrangements
have been made for the smooth conduct of the bypoll to Bellary
(Rural) Assembly segment to be held on November 30, Election
Commission sources said here.
Bellary police have put up six check-posts in areas
bordering Andhra Pradesh in cooperation with their Ananthapur
counterparts, while 25 vigilance squads have been formed.
The Tahsildar also has pressed into service eight squads,
comprising officials from Police, Revenue and Excise.
As many as 182 persons have been arrested, while the
number of those against whom non-bailable warrants has been
issued is 392.Of the 192 polling stations, 115 have been
declared as sensitive, sources said.
Ten platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police, along
with 750 Bellary police personnel and 450 policemen drawn from
other districts would be on duty.
Sale of liquor has been banned for 48 hours from 5 pm
Former Minister B Sreeramulu, who won on BJP ticket in
the last Assembly elections, is contesting as an independent
in a bitter battle,in which ruling BJP has fielded P
Gadilingappa and Congress B Ramprasad in a triangular fight.
Sreeramulu quit his seat after being indicted in the
Lokayukta report on illegal mining earlier this year, saying
he was hurt by it and wanted a fresh mandate.
He later fell out with the BJP, which also then sought
to distance itself from mining barons and former ministers,
the Reddy brothers, who not so long ago wielded considerable
influence in the party.