ECI Asks Border Seal

With Election Commission of India asking the State Government for sealing All Entry Points of Porous Border leading to Chhattisgarh, it seems a Herculean Task as absence of enough number of Security Forces available in the State is posing a problem.

ECI on 5 November asked the State Government to seal all Inter State Gates of All Bordering State of Chhattisgarh as the State will be going for Election in this month for its State Legislative Assembly. 
Chhattisgarh is going for Two Phase Poll for its Assembly on 12 November and 20 November.

At least Six Districts of Odisha are on the Border of Chhattisgarh and those are Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh.

Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat, Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa addressed all the Senior Officials of the State Government in a Video Meet, which was attended by Six District Magistrates of the Bordering Districts.

Odisha Chief Election Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar, Additional CEO Sachin Ramchand Jadav, Assistant CEO Kasinath Sahoo  and other senior officials of CEO Office also attended the meeting.

While the State Government time and again urging Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for two additional Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)s to seal the Border Zones, Centre has not responded in a positive manner, said sources.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Union Minister Home Affairs Rajnath Singh in this regard.

State Government has also been asked for sealing the Border to prevent any bogus voting and ECI has asked the District Magistrates and SPs to check liquor, cash, inducements and freebies.

Dry Days will be declared in these Bordering Districts of Chhattisgarh as there is all likeliness that liquor will flow from these areas to Chhattisgarh on the Polling Days.

While these aspects are to be taken into consideration, infiltration of Maoists to the State is also posing a problem during the Polls.

As Chhattisgarh is going for Polls, there is extensive drive against the Left Wing Extremists (LWE)s in the State with more than 65 Battalions of CAPFs deployed in the state.

With the Porous Border in place, Ultras are sneaking into Odisha, posing a serious problem for the State Police.

Looking at the scenario, DGP R P Sharma has asked the SPs to keep vigil on the Borders and its Security Forces have been put on high alert in these districts of Odisha in the wake of recent killing of eight Maoists in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, a Top Cop reveals.

Security forces had killed at least eight Maoist cadres, including four women, in a fierce encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur recently.
Districts like Nuapada, Nabarangpur Malkangiri, Bargarh, Koraput and Nabarangpur to remain in a state of high alert after the anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh, said sources
The Superintendents of Police of these districts bordering Chhattisgarh have been told to remain vigilant and maintain a close watch on the borders, he said.

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