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Special protection for nominees Round up city criminals: DIG

Deputy inspector general of police (Kolhan) Mohammed Nehal has asked police in Jamshedpur to round up known history-sheeters in an effort to sanitise the steel town before the general elections.

At a high-level review meeting of SPs from the Kolhan region on Monday, he explained to them that the situation in the Kolhan districts, namely East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharsawan, were different from each other.

While all three districts hosted several Naxalite pockets, criminal activities, especially gang rivalry, were a particular concern in Jamshedpur town. Therefore, he said, instructions had been issued to SPs to ensure that criminal elements were rounded up before the elections.

Among those who attended the review meeting, held at DIG’s office in Chaibasa, headquarters of West Singhbhum district, were SPs from West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan district N.K Singh and Madan Mohan Lal respectively, and SSP from East Singhbhum Amol V. Homkar.

Deputy inspector general, CRPF, Ashok Samyal also was also present.

“The ball for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections is in motion. Hence, the review meeting of police and para-military officers was to ensure that the general elections are held in Kolhan in a peaceful and fair way,” Nehal told The Telegraph.

The DIG said as the situation in the twin districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan was different from each other, separate plans for each district would have to be chalked out.

“In view of the number of sensitive and super-sensitive booths in all the three districts, forces will have to be deployed accordingly. But before that, I have asked all the SPs to review the sensitivity factor of booths once again,” he said.

Given the Naxalite presence in all three districts, the DIG decided to provide special security cover for politicians during campaigning in these areas.

“Representatives of political parties will have to give the administration prior information about the tour plans of their leaders so that the security cover may be arranged properly,” he said.

The DIG said they also discussed issues related to deployment of police and para-military forces and took several decisions. But, he declined to share these with the media.

The DIG said he would also hold a joint meeting with police officers of neighbouring West Bengal and Odisha to keep a tab on the movement of criminals and Naxalites.