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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Security forces on high alert for Jharkhand’s 3rd round

The largest number of very sensitive booths are in Jamshedpur (662), followed by Singhbhum (496), Giridih (392) and Dhanbad (212).

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 12, 2019 05:41 IST
Manish Raj
Manish Raj
Ranchi
173 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed across the four Lok Sabha constituencies, which will go to polls today.
173 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed across the four Lok Sabha constituencies, which will go to polls today.
         

With 3,908 sensitive and 1,762 very sensitive booths for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections across the four constituencies of Giridih, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur and Singhbhum today, security forces are on their toes to prevent any untoward incident on polling day.

The largest number of very sensitive booths are in Jamshedpur (662), followed by Singhbhum (496), Giridih (392) and Dhanbad (212). Among the booths categorized as sensitive, the highest are in Dhanbad (1,500) followed by Giridih (1,069), Jamshedpur (699) and Singhbhum (640).

Many of the booths are located in erstwhile Maoist strongholds. Jhumra hills in Bokaro, Saranda in West Singhbhum , Ghatshila in Jamshedpur, Topchanchi and Tundi in Dhanbad along with Parasnath, Dumri and Pirtand have been the hotbed of Maoist activities in the state for years.

Police records reveal that squads led by CPI (Maoist) politburo member Prashant Da and central committee member Misir Besra are active in Saranda area, while cadres led by West Bengal’s state secretary of CPI (Maoist), Asim Mondal alias Akash operate in Jamshedpur and Ghatshila area. Other top Maoists operating in Saraikela-Kharsawan and Chaibasa areas are Maharaj Pramanik, Jeevan Kundluna and Amit Munda.

Ahead of elections, Giridih saw at least four Maoist incidents, including killing of two alleged police informers and an encounter with security forces where three Maoists and a CRPF jawan were killed. At Kuida village in Goelkera forest range of West Singhbhum district, a blast by Maoists damaged two under construction buildings of the forest department. Dhanbad and Bokaro areas have seen a lull in Maoist activities in the last few years.

ML Meena , additional director general (operations) said that extensive security arrangements, in accordance with the directions of the Election Commission, were made in the four constituencies. Adequate security forces were deployed in the sensitive areas and all requisite arrangements were made to ensure peaceful polls. The facility of dropping of forces in helicopters in earmarked clusters was being provided. “In the third phase of elections in the state, the forces have been issued special instructions to remain vigilant,” the ADG said.

Kuldeep Dwiwedi, DIG Kolhan range, said that because of continuous anti-Maoist operations by forces, Maoists were now pushed into the background.

Police said that 225 companies of security forces, which includes 173 companies of central paramilitary forces along with 52 companies of Jharkhand Armed Police and reserve battalions would be deployed for the third phase of elections in the state.

 

Bihar
GopalganjJanak Ram, BJP
SiwanOm Prakash Yadav, BJP
MaharajganjJanardan Singh Sigriwal, BJP
Paschim ChamparanDr. Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP
Purvi ChamparanRadha Mohan Singh, BJP
SheoharRama Devi, BJP
VaishaliRama Kishore Singh, LJP
Valmiki NagarSatish Chandra Dubey, BJP
Madhya Pradesh
BhindDr. Bhagirath Prasad, BJP
BhopalAlok Sanjar, BJP
GunaJyotiraditya Scindia, Congress
GwaliorNarendra Singh Tomar, BJP
MorenaAnoop Mishra, BJP
SagarLaxmi Narayan Yadav, BJP
VidishaSushma Swaraj, BJP
RajgarhRodmal Nagar, BJP
Delhi
South DelhiRamesh Bidhuri, BJP
West DelhiParvesh Sahib Singh Verma, BJP
East DelhiMaheish Girri, BJP
Chandni ChowkHarsh Vardhan, BJP
North West DelhiUdit Raj, BJP
North East DelhiManoj Tiwari, BJP
New DelhiMeenakshi Lekhi, BJP
Haryana
Ambala (SC)Rattan Lal Kataria, BJP
KurukshetraRaj Kumar Saini, BJP
Sirsa (SC)Charanjeet Singh Rori, INLD
HisarDushyant Chautala, JJP
KarnalAshwini Kumar Chopra, BJP
SonipatRamesh Chander Kaushik, BJP
RohtakDeepender Hooda, Congress
Bhiwani–MahendragarhDharambir, BJP
GurgaonRao Inderjit Singh, BJP
FaridabadKrishan Pal Gurjar, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
AllahabadShyama Charan Gupta, BJP
Ambedkar NagarHariom Pandey, BJP
AzamgarhMulayam Singh Yadav, SP
BastiHarish Dwivedi, BJP
BadohiVirendra Singh, BJP
DomariyaganjJagdambika Pal, BJP
JaunpurKP Singh, BJP
LalganjNeelam Sonkar, BJP
MachhlishahrRam Charitra Nishad, BJP
PhulpurNagendra Pratap Singh Patel, SP
PratapgarhKuwar Harivansh Singh, Apna Dal
Sant Kabir NagarSharad Tripathi, BJP
Shrawasti Daddan Mishra, BJP
SultanpurVarun Gandhi, BJP
Jharkhand
DhanbadPashupati Nath Singh, BJP
GiridihRavindra Kumar Pandey, BJP
JamshedpurVidyut Baran Mahto, BJP
SinghbhumLaxman Gilua, BJP
West Bengal
BankuraMoon Moon Sen, Trinamool Congress
BishnupurSaumitra Khan, Trinamool Congress
JhargramUma Saren, Trinamool Congress
GhatalDeepak Adhikari, Trinamool
KanthiSisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
MedinipurSandhya Roy, Trinamool Congress
PuruliaMriganko Mahato, Trinamool
TamlukDibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 12, 2019 05:41 IST