EC asks Bengal, Bihar, J'khand to seal borders
Three Maoist-hit West Bengal districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia are goin to poll on April 17.india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 18:13 IST
The Election Commission on Thursday directed West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand governments to coordinate with each other and see that the inter-state borders were properly sealed before and during the April 17 Assembly polls in the three Maoist-hit West Bengal districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.
The poll panel at a meeting on Tuesday with chief secretaries and DGPs of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand, had asked Bihar and Jharkhand governments to step up all precautionary measures in sealing the borders with West Bengal to ensure a peaceful polling there.
Reviewing the poll preparations at a high-level meeting with the district magistrates and superintendents of police of the three districts, Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan said that he had called for perfect coordination with the three neighbouring states for proper sealing of the inter-state borders before and during the polls.
"All the three states should chalk out detailed plans in this regard," Balakrishnan, who arrived on Thursday with another Deputy Election Commissioner Ananth Kumar, told reporters.
He said that all aspects of election management, preparedness at the booth-level and security arrangements in the three Maoist-hit districts were discussed threadbare at the meeting.
"Detailed discussions on overall law and order scenario were held. We had discussions with the EC Observer and the district magistrates together as well as separately with the Observer", Balakrishnan said.