Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Maoist threat looms large on 385 booths


Ranchi, March 31: The district administration today declared 385 out of 2,090 booths in the district as supersensitive owing to the presence of Maoists.

These polling stations fall under Ranchi, Lohardaga and Khunti parliamentary constituencies.

Out of the 385 booths, election will be held at 357 in the first phase on April 16 while the rest will host the polls on April 23. A majority of the supersensitive booths are situated in Bundu and Tamar under Khunti constituency, which will go to the polls on April 16.

Deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer Rajeev Arun Ekka and senior police superintendent of Ranchi Praveen Kumar said this today at a news meet.

Kumar said that to ensure peaceful elections, 32 criminals had been identified who would be booked under Crime Control Act, while 1,126 would be kept in judicial custody.

Kumar said help of NCC cadets would be sought to ensure free and fair elections. “We require 100 companies of Jharkhand Armed Police and central paramilitary forces, including Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and Special Auxiliary Force. We have also asked the group captain of NCC to provide senior division cadets who will be posted in urban areas ,” he added.

Ekka said 144 sector officers would be deputed at different parts of the district to take stock of the situation before the elections. Each section officer will cover 10 to 12 booth areas.

Vehicles will be seized from April 10. “We require 250 buses, 150 trucks, 156 mini-buses and 112 small vehicles for deployment of forces and polling staff,” he added.

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