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Three states, one strategy

Jamshedpur, March 13: Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha police will work in tandem to strengthen the telecom network in sensitive border areas besides sharing information on absconding criminals and Maoists to ensure peaceful general elections.

The decision was taken today after a meeting among senior police and CRPF officers deputed on the borders of the three neighbouring states at XLRI’s TMDC Auditorium. Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum districts share border with Mayurbhanj of Odisha and Midnapore (Jhargram and Purulia) district of Bengal.

“Several bordering areas of the three states are grappling with Naxalism. We will ask telecom operators to strengthen their network as mobile connectivity will be essential for effective communication among polling officials, paramilitary personnel and police officers. We have sought a report from booth-level officers about connectivity of different networks so that instruction can be issued to telecom operators before polling begins,” deputy inspector-general (Kolhan range) Mohammed Nehal said.

This apart, stress was laid on better cross-border sharing of information on history-sheeters, Maoists, their sympathisers and aides, and absconding criminals.

“Today, we shared list of history-sheeters and absconding criminals of the bordering districts. At the next meeting later this month, we will exchange information on Maoists and their sympathisers. The objective is to ensure that these criminals are booked before the general elections,” said Nehal.

Issues related to deployment of police and paramilitary personnel, especially in the sensitive areas, figured at the discussion too.

“We have formulated a strategy vis-ŕ-vis deployment of police and paramilitary forces. It will be done well in advance to boost the confidence of people so that they go to polling booths without any fear,” the DIG said.

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