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Lok Sabha elections: Focus on Naxal infested areas, 16 inter-state check posts come up in East Singhbhum

LOHARDAGA: Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Task Force (STF) jawans are seen in action on tight duty during massive joint search operation against naxals in the dense forests of Lohardaga district of Jharkhand on Sunday. Group of over 400 naxals have been run-away from Dantewara forest of Chhattisgarh state of India few days before and they are trying to enter Jharkhand state by the paths of dense forests borders of Lohardaga, Gumla, Palamu and Garwah districts soon. Jharkhand state Director General of Police (DGP) DK Pandey has ordered to continue this operation until & unless naxals are finished from the state. Photo: SANJIB KUMAR DUTTA

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Jamshedpur, March 12 : In view of Lok Sabha elections, East Singhbhum administration has decided to focus on Naxal infested areas. The administration is taking every step to ensure free and fair elections.

With the announcement of the date for the elections, the district administration has gone busy working out the security arrangements for the Maoist infested areas of the constituency. The civil and police administration are jointly framing in the blue print for the safe and secure elections this time around.

According to information, police and paramilitary forces will start night domination in naxal-hit areas especially Patamda and Bodam. The move followed intelligence inputs that the Dalma squad of CPI – Maoist has increased its movement in the areas in remote villages of Patamda and Bodam which had almost been free from the naxal activities.

Deputy commissioner, Amit Kumar said: �We have constituted 18 flying squad, 18 static squads along with setting up of 16 inter-state check posts (9 in bordering areas of Bengal and 7 in bordering areas of Odisha) and also constituted a media certification and monitoring committees.�

The deputy commissioner also informed that administration will be maintaining a shadow register of all parties candidates expense based on intelligence inputs which would be matched with respective candidates expense by the expenditure monitoring cell.

This apart, directives have been issued to all police stations to take action against those party district officials whose banners, flags or posters are found in public places within 72 hours (Wednesday evening) of the imposition of model code of conduct under Public Property Defacement Act.

A police official pointed out  thenaxals are suspected to increase the movement keeping the Lok Sabha elections in view, which is detrimental to conducting free and fair elections here.

He said: �At the time when the election will be held, 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. Jamshedpur had lost its then Parliamentarian Sunil Mahato to the bullets of naxalitiesin 2007.

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