Jamshedpur: With the date of voting inching closer ( December 7), the district administration has gone busy working out the security arrangements for the Maoist infested areas of different assembly constituencies. The civil and police administration are jointly framing in the blue print for the safe and secure elections this time around. However, the security forces have increased night vigil at bordering areas.
Notably, the naxals have apparently been almost eliminated from Dumaria block in Ghatshila sub-division. Similarly, at Patamda and Bodam, which was also a hot-bed of naxals, the naxalism was almost vanished after the local residents stood against them following atrocities on the villagers.
However, some naxal activities at neighbouring Seraikela Kharsawan district has been matter of concern for the police department. Sources informed that a sudden rise in the Maoists activities have let the forces intensify the patrolling. The police have beefed up security in the naxal-infested areas of Seraikela.
A senior police official said: �At the time when the voting will be held next month, joint operation of police and paramilitary is all essential as rebels will tend to concentrate on the Singhbhum side of the border during the time. The joint anti-insurgency operation at Patamda,Dalma and Ghatshila region will keep the area largely free from activities of naxals in the wake of the elections.”
He said as there are a large number of villagers, who have shifted their base from the naxals to the police, it is the duty of the police administration to instill a sense of confidence among such villagers.
Nevertheless, the political parties have reacted moderately to the issue of possible security threat in the rural areas of the constituency during the ensuing elections. �We agree Naxal activities have increased in the district over the years however, government agencies will take care of it but, campaigning will not suffer due to Maoist threat, hopefully,” said a JMM leader.