Thursday, March 26, 2009

Aerial eye on Maoists


Bankura, March 26: Policemen today did aerial surveys of Maoist-infested Bankura and Purulia districts three days after a similar exercise in West Midnapore.

In Lalgarh, West Midnapore, restive tribals have said they would not security forces to be deployed in the area for elections. The tribal resistance group, the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities, threatened to boycott the Lok Sabha elections if police are deployed.

Today, top police officers met the district officials in Purulia and Bankura to assess how many policemen and central forces would be needed for the polls. Bhupinder Singh, the director-general of police (coordination), who is looking after poll arrangements in the state, said: “Forces will be deployed well in advance. Patrolling will be carried out in the sensitive areas.”

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