Shoot-at-sight orders for Chapra repoll on Monday

Updated on May 30, 2004 04:59 PM IST

Around 6,000 CRPF and RAF soldiers have been posted in Bihar's Chapra LS seat for Monday's repoll.

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Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued against booth grabbers in the Chapra Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to repoll on Monday, said a top official.

Around 6,000 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) jawans, besides the District Armed Police (DAP) personnel, have been posted at all the booths.

District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer, B Pradhan said the district administration has ordered shoot-at-sight orders against the booth capturers if lathicharge fails to scare them away to ensure trouble-free poll in the constituency.

RJD candidate and Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav is locked in a straight fight with the BJP nominee and former union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Chapra.

Sixty companies of the CRPF and RAF men were positioned at all the 1157 booths declared as sensitive in the constituency for free, fair and peaceful poll, Pradhan said adding each of the companies comprised of 90 to 100 jawans.

"All the RJD ministers, MPs and MLAs, who have allegedly entered the constituency, had been asked to leave the constituency and stern action would be taken against them if they were found moving anywhere in the constituency from Sunday," Pradhan said.

Over 5,000 DAP personnel drafted from outside Sara district (Chapra) would assist the local police in maintaining the law and order, he said.

Police patrolling would be intensified between one police building to another, Pradhan said adding central Government employees from outside the district were appointed as the presiding officers for fair and free conduct of the repoll.

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