The Telegraph
Thursday , April 10 , 2014
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Focus on air surveillance

Patna/Gaya, April 9: At least 46, 000 security personnel have been deputed in the six Lok Sabha constituencies going for polls in the state tomorrow.

Apart from this, in case of an emergency, one air ambulance has been kept ready at Patna airport, said R. Laxmanan, additional chief electoral officer.

“All the preparations have been completed and we are expecting peaceful polls tomorrow. Among the total number of forces are personnel of the BSF, CRPF, CISF, BMP, ITBP among others. Apart from this, the district armed police have also been deployed in addition to the homeguards,” he added.

Authorities said proper care has been taken for air surveillance too. “Two air force choppers, one state plane and one state helicopter have been put on duty and they will patrol the six districts continuously during the polls. In addition to this, eight choppers will be shared between Bihar and Jharkhand and will be used if at all it is necessary. Aerial eyes are very important and proper care has been taken for that. The administration is alert and so are the security forces and last-minute details are being taken care of,” Laxmanan said.

Earlier today, chief secretary A.K. Sinha said the administration was keeping a close eye on the trouble mongers. “If at all, anyone is caught trying to influence the voters for any one party and creating nuisance, s/he will be arrested immediately. The state government has decided that s/he will be tried under a speedy tria,” he added.

Apart from this, the administration had deployed 350 motorbike patrolling units in the six districts. “In addition to this, there will be the mounted police force on horses. In order to keep an eye on the riverine areas, these will be forces patrolling on motorboats,” Laxmanan said.

Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Kumar Tiwary said there would be air patrolling in the Red-hit areas.

“Two air force helicopters — Dhruv and MI-17 — have been made available here. Dhruv is equipped with modern facilities like flying at a very low altitude and to counter any attack from surface. An emergency centre for central paramilitary force (CPMF) has been set up in Gaya where immediate treatment facility will be available to the security personnel if necessary. The CPMF will be deployed at all booths of Gaya district,” he said.