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Tight security in place for Kandhamal LS by-poll, says Odisha DGP

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Reported by Simanchal Pattnaik
Phulbani, Sept 17:

Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjib Marik today said tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful conduct of Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-election scheduled on October 15.
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Taking to the newsmen soon after his arrival at the district headquarters with a team of senior police officials, Marik hoped the by-election would be a peaceful affair in Kandhamal district.

“There is no communal tension in the district at present. The last Lok Sabha elections held in the district was also peaceful”, he pointed out.

The DGP had a closed door meeting later with the district collector N.Tirumala Nayak and superintendents of police Kanwar Vishal Singh, Ganjam SP Narasingh Bhol and Brahmapur SP Sarthak Sarangi in the presence of BN Jha, ADG (Law and Order), Amitabh Thakur, DIG (Southern Range), Sunil Ray, Director (Intelligence) and Soumendra Priyadarshi, DIG (Operations).

Addressing a press meet after this meeting, Marik said they deliberated on four issues.

“We discussed about maintenance of law and order during the polls. Besides, we also discussed issues of road communication. As people in the remote areas of the district face acute problem during monsoon, steps would be taken to enable them to cast their votes in their respective booths by ensuring proper transport arrangement”, he said.

“To counter Maoist threats during the polls, deployment of additional forces would be made in each booth. The SPs of the bordering district of Kandhamal have been asked to keep a strict vigil on the movement of the left wing ultras. Apart from this, the SPs of three districts have been asked to give details about the number of security personnel to be deployed in their respective districts and other logistic support,” the DGP added.