Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada (Mayurbhanj), Apr 5:
To ensure free and fair elections in the north Odisha districts, the state police has formed three flying squads, said Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra.
Briefing newsmen after reviewing the poll security measures in Baleswar, Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak districts, Mishra said apart from the flying squads, a static survey team has also been formed to oversee security issues during the polls.
Stating that the security of the candidates and voters would be given top priority, he said the flying squads and the static teams would keep a close watch on the anti-social elements and conduct surprise raids in the area.
Claiming that there has been no Maoist threat in Mayurbhanj district, the DGP said precautionary measures have still been taken with the deployment of security forces along the border areas of the district.
He informed that in view of the ensuing elections, the police have collected the licensed guns and deposited them with the district ordnance unit, adding, that as many as 60 companies of Central forces have been deployed across the state for the two- phase elections on April 10 and 17.
Among others, special DG Sanjib Marik, additional DG (Law & Order) Binayananda Jha, DIG (Operation) Soumendra Priyadarshi, DIG (Eastern Range) Asit Panigrahi, Mayurbhanj SP Nikhil Kanodia, Baleswar SP Praveen Kumar and Bhadrak SP Nihar Ranjan Das were present.