LS polls: Govt reviews security in Naxal-hit states
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the Centre today reviewed the security situation in Naxal-affected states and directed security forces to foil any attempt by the rebels to disrupt the election process. A high-level meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, took stock of the current Left Wing Extremism situation and discussed threadbare the status of action taken to maintain law and order and progress of the development activities, official sources said today.
The meeting was attended by Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Deputy National Security Advisor Nehchal Sandhu, Secretaries of Planning Commission, Ministries of Rural Development, Road Transport and Highways, Health, Power besides others. Chief Secretaries and DGPs of nine Naxal-affected states — Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh — participated the meeting through video conferencing.
‘Adequate Police Force to Be Deployed in Naxal-Hit Areas’
Three of the seven districts under North Chhotanagpur Division in Jharkhand are the most sensitive areas and adequate security personnel would be deployed there in the run up to the General Elections, a senior police official said today. “Areas under Giridih, Bokaro and Chatra districts are sensitive as they are naxalite affected. Maximum security personnel will be deployed in these areas,” Inspector General of Police (North Chhotanagpur Division) Laxman Prasad Singh told reporters here.
He chaired a meeting with SPs of Giridih, Bokaro, Chatra, Dhanbad, Koderma, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh under the division to chalk out operational strategies ahead of the three-phase elections in the state beginning April 10. “We are ready to conduct elections peacefully. A survey of booths under naxal-affected areas is also underway,” he said.
BSF seizes bundles of blank paper from Maoists
RAIPUR: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, engaged in anti-Naxalite operations raided a forest hideout of Maoists on Thursday and seized huge quantity of blank paper to be used to print propaganda material ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A BSF spokesman said that para-military forces of 41st battalion recovered the dump from forests of Kathagaon near Koilibeda in Kanker district. He said rebels often carry computers, printers and blank paper to print Naxalite literature and other propaganda material such as pamphlets to mislead people during elections.
Two choppers sought for elections in Maoist-hit areas
VISAKHAPATNAM: The district administration has sought two choppers to ferry election staff and security forces to eight polling stations in Maoist affected areas of Paderu and Araku Assembly constituencies that are inaccessible by road. As per preliminary proposals, the district administration has also asked for 80 companies of paramilitary forces, each having more than 100 security men, and 30 special parties of Greyhounds, besides local police forces as Visakhapatnam district shares a 418 km Maoist-inflicted border with Odisha.
Chhattisgarh: Two Maoists arrested in Kondagaon district
Two Maoists were arrested during an area domination operation in Maoist-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres of outlawed CPI (Maoist) were nabbed from the forests of Mardapal police station limits on Thursday, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri said. The joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force is on an area domination operation in Mardapal region, located around 250 kms from the State capital Raipur, since Wednesday. When the security forces reached near Malanar forest, they spotted a man trying to escape in the region and arrested him following a chase.
Maoists likely to disrupt poll in Odisha, says police
Koraput (Odisha): After two Maoists were killed in an encounter in Odisha’s Koraput district, police suspects that the ultras had assembled in Mungudavalsa forest to prepare a blueprint to disrupt the general elections. The forest falls within a Maoist corridor that stretches from Narayanpatna in Koraput to Andhra Pradesh, a senior police official said. “As the twin elections are fast approaching, movement of Red rebels, including their leaders from Andhra Pradesh, has increased in the area.
We suspect that the Maoists were planning to hold a camp in Mungudavalsa forest to interrupt the poll process,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar. As two hardcore Maoists were killed in the gunbattle two days ago, police suspects that some other top cadres were present at the time of encounter but managed to escape. Police are on high alert and regular anti-Maoist operations intensified, he said. “Combing operation in and around the encounter site has been strengthened with deployment of fresh batches of security personnel. Presence of more Maoists and their belongings in the area can’t be ruled out,” said the SP.