LAHORE - Over 950 polling stations for the final round of Local Bodies polls in Punjab fall in the ‘highly sensitive’ category and marked as ‘Red’ with Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang and Multan leading the dangerous polling buildings, official sources told The Nation yesterday.

The last round of Local Bodies polls will be held in 12 districts of Punjab which includes Rawalpindi, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Narowal, Khushab, Jhang, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Rahimyar Khan.

A violent vote can take place at 964 polling stations which have been put in the ‘High Sensitive’ category and marked as ‘Red’ by intelligence agencies committees of the 12 districts. A total of 3078 polling stations have been put in the ‘Sensitive’ category and marked as ‘Blue’ while 9970 polling stations have been declared ‘Normal’ and marked as ‘Green’.

The polling stations marked as Red can face clashes among different political groups especially the candidates backed by the banned outfits in Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang and Multan and Muzaffargarh.

Similar incidents can take place in Rahimyar Khan and Rawalpindi, said the official sources.

Clashes can take place between the PML-N and PTI activists in Sialkot, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Multan and Rahimyar Khan at polling stations put in the ‘Sensitive’ category and marked as ‘Blue’. The Red category also includes some voting points that can be attacked by terrorist sleeper cells, they added.

The districts of Layyah and Khushab carry the lowest number of ‘High Sensitive’ polling stations as the two have only 25 and 30 polling buildings marked as ‘Red’.

Punjab Election Commissioner Masood Malik, when contacted said: “The Army and Rangers Rapid Response Force will look after the overall security arrangements of the high sensitive polling stations. The security forces will be patrolling the close surroundings of the sensitive polling buildings areas.”

“The number of the security forces at high sensitive polling stations will be double as compare to the sensitive polling buildings with the support of the police,” he added.