Odisha Kept On Alert

 The Odisha Police has issued high alert in the districts bordering Chhattisgarh after two landmines were recovered in the state and Maoists killed BJP Lawmaker from Dantewada and four security personnel in the neighbouring state.

With Intelligence inputs, District Police of Gajapati recovered two powerfull landmines, hardly 48-hours before the first phase of polling in Odisha's four Lok Sabha seats and 28 Assembly constituencies on 11 April.
Odisha DGP BK Sharma issued advisory to all the Superintendents of Police to remain on alert and suggested to the candidates not to undertake election campaigning after sun set in Maoist hit areas.
The DGP also asked leaders of different political parties to keep the local police informed about their tour plans.
The Odisha Police issued the advisory within minutes of killing of five persons including an MLA in Dantewada area of Chhattisgarh.
"We have taken required security measures to provide necessary protection for all the voters," Mr.Sharma said.
A team of security personnel during patrolling recovered a 50-kg landmine from under a bridge at Adabaa in Gajapati district on 9 April.
"The security personnel spotted the landmine planted under a culvert. The explosive was likely to have been planted by naxalites to disrupt election process," Gajapati SP Sarah Sharma told Media.
 The District Police have been asked to be extra vigil because the first phase of polling will be held in the districts like Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada,  where Maoist activities have been frequent.
 In fact Malkangiri, Koraput and Kalahandi Districts are ‘Worst Maoist Affected Districts”.

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