Jamshedpur : With the announcement of the dates for the Parliamentary elections, the district administration has gone busy working out the security arrangements for the Maoist infested areas of the constituency.
The civil and police administration are jointly framing in the blue print for the safe and secure elections this time around.
In view of the Lok Sabha elections, Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG)(Kolhan) Mohammed Nehal on Monday presided a highlevel meeting of superintendents of police at his office in Chaibasa, headquarters of West Singhbhum district to review the law and order situation.
Sources informed that during the four-hour long meeting, Nehal focussed on issues like law and order situation in three districts, the sensitive booths in these districts, status of naxal activities and also the position of police as well as the para-military forces there.
An official said that necessary arrangements will be made for deployment of forces in the division for the smooth conduct of polls. There was no dearth of police personnel during elections. He added that checkpoints across district would be tightened. The police are fully geared up for the elections and all measures would be been taken to ensure free and fair elections.
A senior police official said: “At the time when the election will be held next month, joint operation of police and paramilitary is all essential as rebels will tend to concentrate on the Singhbhum side of the border during the time. The joint anti-insurgency opera- tion at Patamda,Dalma and Ghatshila region will keep the area largely free from activities of naxals in the wake of the elections.
” He said as there are a large number of villagers, who have shifted their base from the naxals to the police, it is the duty of the police administration to instill a sense of confidence among such villagers.
Jamshedpur has lost its then Parliamentarian Sunil Mahato to the bullets of naxalities two years back and even in the by-poll, that was held subsequently to fill the vacant seat, witnessed high security in and around the Maoist infested areas of all the blocks under Ghatsila sub-division. Moreover, neither any of the political party or politician, to say the least, ‘campaigned serioulsy’ in the naxalite’s den during the electioneering period.
Nevertheless, the political parties have reacted moderately to the issue of possible security threat in the rural areas of the constituency during the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. “We agree Naxal activities have increased in the district over the years howev- er, government agencies will take care of it but, campaigning will not suffer due to Maoist threat, hopefully,” said a JMM leader.
“We have decided that the political leaders who will be campaigning for their respective candidates in the fray will be provided special security covers if venturing into the naxal area. The safety and security of the political leaders along with the voters is indeed a serious matter that requires much attention during the elections and police administration is working in this direction,” said a senior police official.
The meeting was attended by superintendents of police, NK Singh West Singhbhum and SeraikelaKharsawan district Madan Mohan Lal respectively, and senior superintendent of police, East Singhbhum, Amol V Homkar.