Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bihar Bengal security beefed with Helicopters &Paramilitary

April 30th, 2009 - 11:55 am

Bihar and West Bengal has more than 15,000 polling stations spread over ten parliamentary constituencies classified as those falling in Naxal- violence affected areas.

HM official said “We cannot be complacent. We are taking necessary actions,” he said, adding appropriate security arrangements have been made and the priority is to ensure that the polls are held smoothly and efforts to disrupt the democratic process foiled.

More than 20,000 villages have been identified as vulnerable to intimidation of voters and 45,843 persons would be kept under watch in these areas.The central security forces have been instructed to keep a close watch on the prevailing situation in the troubled state in the first phase on 16th April saw large scale violence, the second phase on 23rd April passed off by and large peacefully.

To have electrol process in peace the Home Ministry has made available two helicopters to West Bengal and one to Bihar to meet exigencies in view of the Naxal problems in some areas in these two states, the official said.

The helicopters will provide better logistical support to security forces and give an edge over the Maoists.

“Helicopters have been provided to states hit by Naxal violence to meet any eventuality,” Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta said.

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