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Police take concerted action against Maoists, criminals ahead of Lok Sabha polls

State chief electoral officer (CEO) L Khiyangate said that 17 interstate co-ordination meetings with police and administrative officials of the neighbouring states of Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, and Chattisgarh were already conducted.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 12, 2019 14:40 IST
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Jharkhand Chief electoral officer (CEO) L Khiyangate ( centre)along with other officials addressing a press conference in Ranchi, India, on Sunday(HT)

Underlining that continuous anti-Maoist operations, besides action against criminal elements across the districts, were being conducted ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand, police and election commission officials said that they were taking extensive measures to ensure peaceful elections.

“In the past two months, 15 Maoists were killed in 16 encounters, while 59 Maoists/ultras, including eight top-ranking cadres were arrested,” said additional director general (operations) Ashish Batra in a media briefing. The operations against Maoists would continue, he added.

State chief electoral officer (CEO) L Khiyangate said that 17 interstate co-ordination meetings with police and administrative officials of the neighbouring states of Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, and Chattisgarh were already conducted. The strategy for taking deterrent action against Maoists and criminals was discussed in the meetings, he added.

Khiyangate said that in view of the directives of the chief electoral officer in New Delhi, since February 1 in Jharkhand, 8,926 non-bailable warrants were executed, and requisite action was taken under the Indian Penal Code against 4,350 people. Also, 1,13,088 litres of illegal liquor was seized; 13 people involved in the illegal liquor racket were arrested; and fines of Rs 65,000 were collected from them. Moreover, the traffic police checked a total of 56,194 vehicles, and fines of Rs 1,93,800 were collected.

During the anti-Maoist operations, 5,328 detonators, 4,800 gelatin sticks, 941.5kg explosives, 3,447 cartridges, 151 landmines/IEDs, 40 countrymade guns, and 14 regular weapons (SLRs, AK-47s, and pistols) along with Rs 2.47 lakh collected by Maoists as levy from projects were seized, said Batra. Two Maoist camps and one mini-gun factory were also destroyed, he said.

Stats since February 1

16: Encounters with Maoists

15: Maoists killed

59: Maoists arrested

2: Maoist camps destroyed

1: Maoist gun factory destroyed

941.5kg: Explosives seized

4,800: Gelatin sticks seized

5,328: Detonators seized

3,447: Cartridges seized

40: Countrymade guns seized

14: Regular weapons seized

151: Landmines/IEDs seized

First Published: Mar 12, 2019 14:40 IST