Berhampur, April 9 (LocalWire): Police sealed the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border today and deployed enough forces in check posts to prevent the illegal transport of the arms, ammunition, liquor and cash during the elections.
Security has also been beefed up in the Maoist-infested Gajapati district, ahead of the first phase of elections on 11 April.
As many as 12 joint check posts have been set up in the inter-state border area and 150 police personnel have been deployed there, said SP (Gajapati) Sarah Sharma.
Since the district was Maoist-infested, the forces, including the District Volunteer Forces, have been deployed for the area domination operation in the Maoist-infested areas, she said.
The district has two Assembly segments – Paralakhemundi and Mohana (ST) under the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat with 573 booths in 502 locations.
‘Of these, those booths that have been identified as critical and vulnerable, have been given extra police personnel to maintain strict vigil during the polling period,’ said SP.
To ensure free and fair elections, 18 platoons of forces, 620 home guards, grama-rakhi, 108 officers and eight inspectors have been deputed for election duty in the district.
As many as 44 mobile units and 12 bike-mobiles with 72 persons were engaged.
Similarly, in Ganjam district, one company Central forces, four platoons of OSAP and several police personnel have been engaged.
Five Assembly segments under Berhampur Parliamentary constituency: Berhampur, Digapahandi, Chikiti, Gopalpur and Chhatrapur will go to polls in the first phase.
These segments have 1,117 booths. Of these, police have identified 198 as critical booths.
‘We have engaged 73 mobile police parties in Ganjam district,’ said a police officer.