Patna, April 14: The state government has made elaborate security arrangements to conduct peaceful poll on April 17, buoyed by better voters’ turnout in the first phase of polling.
The seven Lok Sabha constituencies that would go to polls in the second phase are — Munger, Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Ara, Buxar and Jehanabad.
Making a fervent appeal to the electorates to exercise their franchise without fear, chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha and director-general of police Abhayanand said: “The government has made adequate security arrangements to ensure peaceful polling in the second phase. We appeal to the people (voters) to go to the polling stations and exercise their franchise without fear.”
Sinha, who was also accompanied by Home department principal secretary Amir Subhani and additional director-general (police headquarters) Ravindra Kumar, said the administration has learnt a lot from the first phase of polling and has taken stringent security measures for ensuring peaceful polling.
Total 226 companies of security forces would be deployed in the seven parliamentary constituencies in the second phase of polling, Sinha said, adding that out of this, there would 152 companies of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) and 74 companies of Bihar military police (BMP).
Total 42,600 security forces of CPMF, including 20,000 homeguards, would be deployed in the second phase, he added.
According to the EC’s directive, Special Auxiliary Police jawans of the state would not be deployed at the polling stations, instead they would be engaged with the polling party or patrolling party, the top bureaucrat said, adding that 20 companies of SAP have been brought from Madhya Pradesh.
Central security forces would man all sensitive polling stations and less sensitive polling stations would be manned by the BMP, Sinha said, adding that homeguards would not be deployed at sensitive polling stations.
Sinha said the administration has made adequate security arrangements to deal with Naxalites during polls but refused to divulge the strategy to tackle them. Emboldened by the electors’ response in the first phase of polling following the better security arrangements, Sinha said the state recorded eight to 14 per cent increase in voters’ turnout in comparison to 2009 Lok Sabha polls in six constituencies that went to polls on April 10.
A complaint of violation of model code of conduct was lodged against revenue and land reforms minister Ramai Ram on Monday for attending an official function organised by Patna district administration to pay tributes to Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his birth anniversary in Patna.