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Cops join hands for safety

Bihar and Jharkhand police will launch a joint operation against Maoists and criminals following Intelligence input suggesting rebels might create “trouble” during the Lok Sabha polls.

A co-ordination meeting of senior police officers of Gaya and the bordering districts of Jharkhand was held on Wednesday in Gaya.

“In the meeting, it was decided to launch a joint operation by making check points at different places. It was also decided how to regulate movement of central paramilitary forces, to share the list of wanted criminals and Naxalites with each other, communication plan, dos and don’ts, road safety, bordering booths and sharing of intelligence inputs,” Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Kumar Tiwary said.

Hazaribagh deputy inspector-general (DIG) P. Das, superintendent of police (SP), additional SPs and station house officers of districts, including Hazaribagh, Koderma, Giridih and Chatra, participated in the meeting. DIG-Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Chiranjeevi Prasad also participated with his full team.

According to sources in the Intelligence, several active members of CPI(Maoist) and other terrorist organisations are either absconding or have gone underground. In the Intelligence input some encounters that have occurred in the past one year, have also been mentioned.

On February 22, an encounter had taken place between Maoist and the CRPF and CoBRA battalion jawans near Hathiya hills in Aurangabad.