Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Phulbani, Feb 10:

DGP K B Singh today held a meeting here to review security arrangements for the upcoming three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.

The meeting primarily discussed the security situation in the district, deployment of security personnel during the polls and smooth conduct of polls in Maoist-affected areas of the district.

Sources privy to the meeting said as many as nine companies of CRPF, five SOG teams, and 50 DVF personnel will be deployed in Maoist-affected areas of the district.

During the polls 15 platoons of Indian Reserve Battalion, one OSAP Special Battalion and armed jawans of the police will be deployed, the sources added.

The meeting was attended by IG (Operations) R P Kocche, DIG Special Intelligence Wing Narasingha Bhol, IG (Southern) Amitav Thakur, Kandhamal SP Pinak Mishra, Boudh SP B Gangadhar, Gajapati S P Sunil Panigrahi, 127 Battalion Commander G Kumar, 8 Battalion Deputy Commander Pankaj Dwibedi and several other senior police officers.