Security measures to counter Maoists in general elections: DGP
Director General of Police B Prasada Rao today that all necessary security arrangements were being made to counter Maoists in the areas bordering Chhattisgarh and Odisha to ensure peaceful conduct of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections on April 30 (Telangana) and May 7 (Seemandhra) in Andhra Pradesh .
Octopus and Greyhounds were already deployed at the Maoists affected areas besides establishing check posts at bordering areas of Chhattisgarh and Odisha and to some extent in Maharashtra, the DGP said in a meet the press programme here.
"Though there is no specific information, but we have information that there is a possibility to target high profile leaders in the elections by the Maoists," he said.
"We are taking all measures in bordering district of Andhra Pradesh, to counter the Maoists and conduct peaceful polls, he added.
In the first phase elections to be held in 17 Lok Sabha seats on April 30, four districts -- Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam were identified as Maoists infested areas and another four districts -- East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam - districts in Seemandhra where second phase polls will be held on May 7, the DGP said.
Helicopters are being pressed at Khammam, East Godavari and Viskahaptnam districts, to shift the poll personnel and election material to the remote areas, he said it is common that they (Maoists) call for a poll boycott whenever elections are held while responding to a question.
Besides exhorting the people to exercise their voting right without fail, the top police officer also appealed to the party leaders and officials to extend cooperation for smooth conduct of the polls.
(Posted on 22-04-2014)