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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Elaborate security arrangements in Bihar to counter Maoist threats in fourth phase

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In the fourth phase of polling in Bihar, 17,000 central armed police force and 22,000 state police force personnel have been deployed to conduct free and fair elections in Maoist-infested areas of Munger and Lakhisarai districts.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 11:26 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
2019 election,Lok Sabha election 2019,Elections 2019
Security arrangements have been put in place in Bihar’s Darbhanga and Begusarai for 4th phase of polling on April 29, 2019, as both these constituencies has had a history of violence during elections.(PTI File Photo / Representative Photo )

The fourth phase of parliament elections being held on April 29 in Bihar’s predominantly Maoist-infested areas of Munger and Lakhisarai districts have posed a major challenge for security personnel as intelligence inputs indicated that Maoists in the area have become active ahead of the polls. Begusarai, Munger, Ujiarpur, Samastipur and Darbhanga are the five constituencies that are voting on April 29.

17,000 central armed police force and 22,000 state police force personnel have been deployed to conduct free and fair elections, but intelligence inputs suggest that Maoists have planted several landlines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosives near polling booths or roads leading to polling booths to inflict maximum damage.

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According to a senior police officer, given the Maoist threat, conducting polling in four districts of the five Lok Sabha constituencies has become a herculean task for security personnel, as it is a nightmare to provide security in all these districts.

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Police sources pointed out that movement of Maoists has been visible in Kharagpur and Dharhara areas of Munger. In Kajra, Urain, Chanan and Pidi Bazar police station areas of Lakhisarai, Maoists could strike any time. According to police personnel, a Maoist squad has been roaming in the interior pockets of Munger’s tribal area, along with additional squads from adjoining districts.

“The SPs of these districts have been asked to take extra precaution and be vigilant till the polls are over in their respective districts,” said a senior police official of state police headquarters. Security of these district police chiefs has been tightened by providing additional forces, he said.

Maoists, through posters in different parts of state, have declared that they would disrupt the polls and target those on the hit list of their outfit.

Security arrangements have been put in place in Darbhanga and Begusarai as both these constituencies has had a history of violence during elections. Mounted military police of several companies would be deployed in riverine areas of Samastipur, Begusarai and Munger parliamentary constituencies while strict vigil would be maintained along the river coast to check the movements of Maoists on the day of polling.

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ConstituencySitting MP
Madhya Pradesh
Balaghat Bodhsingh Bhagat, BJP
Chhindwara Kamal Nath, Congress
Jabalpur Rakesh Singh, BJP
Mandla Faggan Singh Kulaste, BJP
Shahdol Gyan Singh, BJP
Sidhi Riti Pathak, BJP
Rajasthan
Ajmer Raghu Sharma, Congress
Banswara Manshankar Nimana, BJP
Barmer Sona Ram Choudhary, BJP
Bhilwara Subhash Baheria, BJP
Chhittorgarh Chandra Prakash Joshi, BJP
Jalore Devji Patel, BJP
Jhalawar-Baran Dushyant Singh, BJP
Jodhpur Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, BJP
Kota Om Birla, BJP
Pali P P Choudhary, BJP
Rajsamand Hariom Singh Rathore, BJP
Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, BJP
Udaipur Arjunlal Meena, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
Anantnag Vacant
Maharashtra
Bhiwandi Kapil Moreshwar Patil, BJP
Dhule Dr. Bhamre Subhash Ramrao, BJP
Dindori Chavan Harishchandra Devram, BJP
Kalyan Dr.Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena
Mumbai North Gopal Chinayya Shetty, BJP
Mumbai North West Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar, Shiv Sena
Mumbai North East Kirit Somaiya, BJP
Mumbai North Central Poonam Mahajan, BJP
Mumbai South Central Rahul Ramesh Shewale, Shiv Sena
Mumbai South Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Shiv Sena
Maval Shrirang Chandu Barne, Shiv Sena
Nandurbar Dr Heena Gavit, BJP
Nashik Godse Hemant Tukaram, Shiv Sena
Palghar Rajendra Gavit, BJP
Shirdi Lokhande Sadashiv Kisan, Shiv Sena
Shirur Adhalrao Shivaji Dattatrey, Shiv Sena
Thane Vichare Rajan Baburao, Shiv Sena
ConstituencySitting MP
Uttar Pradesh
Akbarpur Devendra Singh Bhole, BJP
Etawah Ashok Kumar Doharey, BJP
Farrukhabad Mukesh Rajput, BJP
Hamirpur Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, BJP
Hardoi Anshul Verma, BJP
Jalaun Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, BJP
Jhansi Uma Bharti, BJP
Kannauj Dimple Yadav, SP
Kanpur Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP
Kheri Ajay Kumar, BJP
Misrikh Anju Bala, BJP
Shahjahanpur Krishna Raj, BJP
Unnao Sakshi Maharaj, BJP
Jharkhand
Chatra Sunil Kumar Singh, BJP
Palamu Vishnu Dayal Ram, BJP
LohardagaSudarshan Bhagat, BJP
Odisha
Balasore Rabindra Kumar Jena, BJD
Bhadrak Arjun Charan Sethi, BJD
Jagatsinghpur Kulamani Samal, BJD
Jajpur Rita Tarai, BJD
Kendrapara Baijayant Panda, BJD (now in BJP)
Mayurbhang Rama Chandra Hansdah, BJD
West Bengal
Asansol Babul Supriyo, BJP
Baharampur Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress
Bardhman Purba Sunil Kumar Mondal, Trinamool Congress
Bolpur Anupam Hazra, Trinamool Congress
Birbhum Shatabdi Roy, Trinamool Congress
Burdwan-Durgapur Mamtaz Sanghamita, Trinamool Congress
Krishnanagar Tapas Paul, Trinamool
Ranaghat Tapas Mandal, Trinamool
Bihar
Begusarai Dr. Bhola Singh, BJP
Darbhanga Kirti Azad, BJP
Munger Veena Devi, LJP
Samastipur Ram Chandra Paswan, LJP
Ujiarpur Nityanand Rai, BJP

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 11:26 IST

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