Berhampur, March 14 (LocalWire): Police officers of neighbouring states – Odisha’s Gajapati district and Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district – met during an inter-state coordination meeting at Paralakhemundi today, to intensify border patrolling and prevent movement of anti-socials before the forthcoming general elections.
SP (Gajapati) Sara Sharma said the meeting was convened between the neighbouring states to maintain coordination among the police force. Earlier, a coordination meeting was held between top brass of the police from both the states.
‘We have decided to share intelligence network so that any kind of threat can be scuttled,’ said sub divisional police officer, Paralakhemundi, Thakur Prasad Patra. Besides mobilizing forces in border areas, police will also keep a strict watch on the movement of inter-state gangs and illegal transportation of unaccounted cash, liquor and arms between Odisha and AP, he said. ‘We will deploy forces in border areas soon as the model code of conduct was enforced with the declaration of the elections’ Patra said.
The SDPO said vehicles coming from Andhra Pradesh would be checked by Odisha police and vice versa. Police also decided to undertake joint operations against the Left-wing extremists, apart from sharing intelligence inputs.
Gajapati has two Assembly segments which are under Berhampur Parliamentary constituency in Ganjam district. The elections for Berhampur Lok Sabha seat and its seven Assembly segments and elections in Andhra Pradesh will be held during the first phase on 11 April.