2014 elections: Chhattisgarh Police gear up to tackle Naxal threat
Raipur: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Chhattisgarh Police have started chalking out strategies in coordination with the adjoining states to tackle Maoist threats in inter-state border areas, officials said on Saturday . Top police officials of the Bastar region, including the Inspector General, SP and ASPs, held a high-level meeting with their Odisha counterparts yesterday and drafted a plan to take on the rebels in run-up to the election and on the voting days, they said.
On the direction of Election Commission a meeting was held with police officials of Odisha for a well-coordinated effort to ensure peaceful polling in the Naxal-hit regions, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI. Several districts of south Chhattisgarh like Bastar, Kondagaon and Sukma have links with the Naxal-hit districts of Koraput and Malkangiri in Odisha in terms of movement of cadres, arms and ammunition. A coordination is necessary to curb the activity of Maoist cadres, he said.
“We have mutually (police officials of both states) identified some sensitive pockets in the inter-state border regions where there is a need to focus more,” the SP said. “There are several areas on both sides where mobile check posts require coordinated support from security personnel of the two States,” he said. Insurgency-hit Bastar and adjoining constituencies like Koraput, Nabrangpur (Odisha) and Gadchiroli, Chimur and Chandrapur (Maharashtra) will go to the polls on April 10. Naxals routinely give election boycott calls and often target political workers, leaders and polling agents during the campaigning and on the day of voting.
LS polls: Police chalk out plan to foil threats in six Naxal-affected districts
Amid threat from outlawed Maoists to disrupt polls, the Bihar police chief on Saturday held a meeting with police captains of six naxal-affected districts to chalkout an action plan to provide foolproof security in each of these districts during election next month.
Action plan would be prepared for all the six districts where polling would be held on April 10, Director General of Police Abhyanand told reporters. Inspector General of Police, Patna zone, Sushil Khorpade, Bachhu singh Meena (DIG Magadh range), Amit Kumar Jain (DIG, Sahabad range) besides, district Superintendents of police of Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Sasaram attended the meeting.
Police officers seek relocation of several booths due to Red threat
Apprehending Maoist attack on polling booths as well as security personnel during the Lok Sabha elections, several superintendents of police (SPs) across the state have sent requisition to the headquarters, demanding relocation. Senior officers are a concerned lot as more than 200 polling booths across Jharkhand fall in Maoist-hit areas which are highly inaccessible. Many police officials feel that forces deployed in these sensitive areas to guard polling booths may easily fall into traps or get ambushed.
Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had shot off a letter to the state police headquarters informing that Maoists were planning attacks in Jharkhand during the polls. According to the letter, ultras are likely to ambush security forces, booths, police stations and polling parties in the state.
The MHA had also warned the road opening parties (ROPs) to remain fully alert to avoid any untoward incident. The 200 polling booths which have been identified for relocation in various districts of the state are situated in difficult terrains. Among these there are booths which have been targeted by CPI(Maoist) cadres in the previous elections. Half a dozen polling booths in Ghatsila and Baheragora constituencies in East Singhbhum district and over a dozen booths in Latehar district are located in sensitive areas. Mukesh Kumar, the deputy commissioner of Latehar, said, “We will write to the EC, requesting the relocation of polling booths in the district.”
A senior police officer of the district said there are over 12 polling booths which are located in Maoist-hit areas and are almost inaccessible. “Movement of forces will be hindered due to the inaccessibility factor,” the officer added. A number of relocation requisitions have been sent by the Latehar, Gumla, Palamu and West Singhbhum police which are hot beds of Left-wing extremism. Gumla has identified 58 polling booths, West Singhbhum 60, Palamu 30, Latehar and Khunti 15 booths each. “We are taking steps to secure booths,” Bhimshen Tuti, the Gumla SP, said.
Residents of Odisha’s Malkangiri district to boycott assembly elections
Malkangiri, March 8 (ANI): The residents of cut-off areas in Malkangiri district in Odisha have decided to boycott assembly polls this time as a mark of protest against state government for neglecting growth and development.