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Meeting to sieve sensitive booths

Jamshedpur, July 28: Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan today held a meeting with police and administrative officials to assess the sensitive nature of poll booths in Jugsalai-Patamda Assembly segment even as a combing operation started in rebel-hit Ghatshila and Patamda in view of the Maoist “martyr week”.

Attended by deputy superintendents of police Amit Kumar and B.N. Singh, officers-in-charge of Jugsalai, Sundernagar, Govindpur, Patamda, Bodam and Kamalpur besides block development officers and circle officers from Jamshedpur, Patamda and Bodam, the meeting tried to gauge the vulnerability of 318 booths in the constituency. On the basis of the findings, a final list of sensitive and hyper-sensitive booths for the Vidhan Sabha elections will be drawn up.

“We have already evaluated the threat perception at the booths in Jugsalai Assembly constituency. The sensitive nature of a booth is determined by a number of factors — threat from Naxalites, communal tension, criminal presence and political influence. A report will be submitted to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal tomorrow so that a final list of sensitive and hyper-sensitive booths can be prepared,” Ranjan said after the three-hour meeting that began at 11am.

Jugsalai-Patamda has always been under the scanner of security forces in view of Maoist presence in a large chunk of the constituency and its proximity to the Bengal border.

The SDO, however, declined to give detailed statistics on the sensitiveness and hyper-sensitiveness of the booths.

Police and paramilitary forces, on the other hand, stepped up the heat on rebels in Ghatshila, Ghurabandha and Patamda. Additional SP (Naxalite Operation) Shailendra Burnwal said: “We have information that the rebels are observing their martyrs’ week from July 28 till August 3. Our aim is to foil their subversive activities.”

Explosives seized

Ranchi: Police seized an SUV with nine bags stuffed with power gel and one carrying gelatine rods after a chase in Koderma district in the small hours of Monday. Two persons carrying the explosives fled.

Police first spotted the SUV at Domchanch in Giridih district, but it sped away. After chasing the vehicle for some distance, Domchanch police alerted their Koderma counterparts. Finally, the vehicle stopped after hitting a tree near Lokai village in the Koderma police station area.


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