Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Mar 9:
Following the recent release of an audio tape by top Maoist leader Poonam Chand urging the people to boycott the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in April, security has been beefed up in the entire Malkangiri district.
According to Malkangiri SP Akhileswar Singh, the District Voluntary Force (DVF), Special Operation Group (SOG), Armed Police Reserve (APR) units and the district police have been kept on high alert.
Besides, four BSF battalions have been deployed at the sensitive areas of Gobindapalli, Mathili, Katameta, Pandripani, Malkangiri Sadar, MV-79, Padia, Chitrakonda and Motu where they have set up camps, the SP said, adding the security personnel have also kept a tight vigil in the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
A total of 6.13 lakh voters of the district would exercise their franchise in the twin polls, of which 3,03,624 voters are male and 3,09,568, female.
Out of the total number of voters, 58 percent are tribal voters and 22.5 percent are scheduled caste voters. Only 19.5% voters belong to general category, sources said.