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Cops meet to counter Red threat to polls

Patna, March 11: The top brass of Bihar police has started chalking out strategies for better co-ordination with cops of neighbouring states to thwart Naxalites’ bid to disrupt the Lok Sabha polls.

Director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand conducted a meeting with all inspectors-general and deputy inspectors-general at the police headquarters today to provide foolproof security to the six Naxalite-hit constituencies — Sasaram, Karakat, Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada and Jamui — going to polls on April 10. All these constituencies are on the border of Jharkhand, also reeling from Naxalite menace.

The DGP said: “The meeting was held today following the direction of the election commission to chalk out strategy for better co-ordination with the adjoining states to ensure peaceful polls in districts sharing borders with Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.”

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of the seizure of “poll boycott” material from Maoist-hit Jamui district recently. Sources in the police headquarters said the document titled “Chunao Bahishkar (boycott election)” outlined the plan to disrupt polls in certain areas of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Jamui superintendent of police Jitendra Singh Rana said some documents related to the Maoists’ plan to disrupt the polls were found during a special drive against the rebels in the district on February 2. “An alert was sounded in all the police stations in the district, particularly those on the Jharkhand border,” he said.

Rana was among the SPs of the six districts under the jurisdiction of Magadh and Shahabad ranges present at the DGP’s meet in Gaya last week. “Meetings are scheduled with our counterparts in Jharkhand to draft a plan to counter the rebels in the run-up to the elections,” he added.

Deputy inspector-general (DIG), Shahabad range, Amit Kumar Jain said: “We have mutually identified vulnerable pockets in the bordering districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. A well-coordinated effort was being made to contain the activities of the Maoists.”

DIG (Magadh range) B.S. Meena said the police had identified some sensitive pockets on the inter-state border region.

A senior officer at the police headquarters said the Union home ministry also had sent an advisory to the state government yesterday, asking the latter to take all necessary measures, including identification of vulnerable pockets, area domination exercises and anti-Naxalite operations, in view of the upcoming elections. Following the advisory, Muzaffarpur superintendent of rail police Vinod Kumar issued an order to the station house officers of the government railway police stations to remain vigilant during train journeys by political leaders.

Sudhansu Kumar, DIG, Munger, said two battalions of CRPF, two battalions of CoBra forces along with STF and district police personnel had been conducting special operations in the remote areas.