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Move to arrest trouble in Gaya

A CPI(ML) candidate, Niranjan Kumar, was arrested on Wednesday after he filed his nomination from Gaya parliamentary constituency.

There was a case against Kumar and other party activists for disturbing government work during a bandh last month, Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwary said.

The administration has identified 107 booths in Gaya where strongmen or criminals could unleash terror among voters and affect polling. In neighbouring Aurangabad, the administration has identified 131 tolas where voters do not vote fearing strongmen.

Gaya SSP Nishant Kumar Tiwary said action would be taken under Crime Control Act (CCA) against four notorious criminals lodged in Gaya central jail. The police had sent a proposal to a special court to impose CCA against 27 notorious criminals. The court okayed action against four.

These criminals cannot be released on bail for a year and will remain behind bars during parliament elections. A report about 107 vulnerable booths has also been sent to senior officials. Tight security at the booths apart, security personnel would be deployed in the localities and on the route to the booth, the SSP said.

In Gaya, action has already been taken under Section 107 against 6,258 people. In Aurangabad, superintendent of police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said CCA would be imposed against a rebel, Vinod Paswan, and two other criminals. Also, four notorious criminals would be externed during the polls. Action under Section 107 has been initiated against 2,589 people and under Section 116 against 2,235 others in Aurangabad.

Nawada SP Manjeet Singh Dhillon said CCA would be imposed against two criminals.