Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Apr 9:
Elaborate security arrangements are in place for the smooth and incident-free polling in Odisha’s Maoist affected Malkangiri district on April 10 despite the threat of disruption of elections in this border district in view of the ultras’ diktat to people to boycott polls.
Briefing media persons here on Tuesday, after reviewing security arrangements IGP, South Western Yeswant Jethwa said 34 Companies of Border Security Forces (BSF), 8 units SOG, 2 units of COBRA, 6 flying squads, 6 static surveillance teams, 20 mobile units, 13 Quick Reaction Teams have deployed at different locations for prompt response to any attempts by the Maoists to disrupt polls.
While informing that 167 out of the 525 polling booths in the district are located in Maoist affected areas, Jethwa said two helicopters will provide aerial vigil during the polls.
The IGP said special measures have been adopted to prevent recurrence of snatching and burning of EVMs by Maoists like it had happened in the last general elections.
Jethwa informed that joint operations have been intensified along the Andhra and Chhattisgarh border to thwart cross border infiltration of the ultras.
Already two rounds of discussions on intelligence sharing with these states have been held and this exercise will continue till the elections are over, he added.
Earlier in the day the IGP visited Maoist affected Motu, MV 79, Podia, Chitrakonda and cut-off areas and later took part in a high level in-camera review meeting with BSF IG A.K.Sharma, Collector D.Prashant Kumar Reddy and other senior police and BSF officers.