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Jamshedpur: Naxal infested States convene meeting, drone and helicopters to be used for surveillance

New BTS towers to come up at remote locations

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, March 27 : In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the State, the police establishments of the three states, Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand on Wednesday met to chalk out strategy.

The two-hour long meeting which was jointly chaired by Kolhan commissioner Vijoy Kumar Singh along with� Kolhan DIG Kuldeep Dwiwedi at the district collectoratefocussed on joint long range patrolling, and aerial surveillance.

The meeting was attended by deputy commissioners and senior police officials  of bordering districts of Seraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum, Khunti , Ranchi and Simdega along with police officials from bordering states of Odisha  (Rourkela, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj) and  Bengal (Purulia and Jhargram) and CRPF representatives of battalions deployed in Kolhan region.

� We have decided that the para-military forces and police along with civil administration will be holding further meetings on formulating strategy to check movements of criminals and Maoists. Apart from setting up of inter-state and inter-district check-points, long range patrolling will be stepped up. A decision was also taken to submit requisition to the state government for setting up base transmission station (BTS) on emergency basis in extremely vulnerable areas where mobile connectivity is poor for facilitating better communication,� said Vijoy Kumar Singh.

The deputy commissioners will  be conducting a survey of such locations along with number of polling booths and submitting their requisition to the Kolhan commissioner within a week so that letter can be sent to the state government for setting up BTS on emergency basis through BSNL.

The matters related to deployment of police and para-military forces were discussed and necessary decision was taken in view of the ensuing elections, but said that the details about the force deployment can not be shared with the media.

DIG KolhanKuldeepDwiwedi did not rule out using joint aerial surveillance between bordering districts and bordering states.

�During the meeting we have also discussed on joint surveillance using drone and helicopters and other resources at our disposal. Though we cannot reveal the exact details for security reasons,� said Dwiwedi.

Jamshedpur had lost its then Parliamentarian Sunil Mahato to the bullets of naxalities and even in the by-poll, that was held subsequently to fill the vacant seat, witnessed high security in and around the Maoist infested areas of all the blocks under Ghatsilasub-division.

“The safety and security of the political leaders along with the voters is indeed a serious matter that requires much attention during the elections and district administration is working in this direction,” informed an official of East Singhbhum.

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