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Bokaro’s election bandobast

Bokaro, March 6: Saddled with more than 80 per cent booths that are susceptible to either Maoist violence or vandalism, the Bokaro administration is pulling out all the stops to ensure free and fair general elections in the district.

Bokaro, which spans two Lok Sabha seats of Dhanbad and Giridih, has 1,464 polling stations. Of these, 426 are highly sensitive and 815 are sensitive.

Deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh and SP Jitendra Singh said 5,000-odd security personnel were being deployed for peaceful polls.

“Frequent air surveillance will be done, while booth-grabbing attempts will invite firing. Twenty-six flying squads, each comprising 150 policemen, will man polling areas. Six other teams will be stationed for direct orders from the police control room,” said Singh.

Bokaro district will see as many as 14,82,421 voters exercise their franchise. “Citizens can enrol their names on the list till March 9,” the deputy commissioner said.

Abiding by an EC directive against paid news, a media certification and monitoring committee has been formed to train lens on campaign expenses of every candidate.

In a related development, North Chotanagpur IG Laxman Singh convened a marathon meeting with the SPs of rebel-hit Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih, Chatra, Koderma, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh, besides DIGs of Coal Belt and Hazaribagh.

He ordered long-range patrolling, sealing of borders, village meetings and Maoist flush out. Reinforcements may be summoned, while records of rebels and criminals are being studied afresh.

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