Shoot-at-sight orders for tomorrow's poll in Bihar

Updated on May 04, 2004 03:52 PM IST

Amid shoot-at-sight orders against booth grabbers and sealing of Indo-Nepal borders, stage is set for polling in Bihar's 12 LS seats.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Patna

Amid shoot-at-sight orders against booth grabbers and sealing of Indo-Nepal borders, stage is set for polling in 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar in the third and final phase on Wednesday.  

Official sources said shoot-at-sight orders were issued against booth-grabbers if the lathicharge failed to quell them while trying to disturb polling.

Over 100 companies of central para-military forces, besides home guards and district armed police personnel have fanned out in the 12 constituencies, the sources said.

Police mobility between polling stations would be increased during the poll to enable the voters to cast their ballots fearlessly.

Indo-Nepal borders connecting the constituencies of Purnea and Araria were sealed to prevent anti-socials and Maoist rebels from creating disturbances during the poll.

Of 14,370 booths spread over the constituencies, 5,847 were declared super-sensitive and 4,339 were identified as sensitive where extra security vigil would be kept.

The constituencies going to poll in the final phase are: Madhepura, Purnea, Saharsa, Araria, Kishanganj, Katihar, Bhagalpur, Balia, Khagaria, Begusarai, Munger and Banka.

Security measures were also tightened along areas bordering Jharkhand.

Around 1.49 crore voters are eligible to participate in Wednesday's exercise to decide the electoral fortunes of 133 candidates, including politicial heavyweights like RJD leader Laloo Prasad Yadav, his bete-noire Union Consumer Affairs minister Sharad Yadav, Union Textile minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and union minister of state for External Affairs Digvijay Singh.

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