Poll Preparedness Reviewed In South-West Odisha

With the elections in Odisha inching closer, Director General of Police (DGP) R P Sharma reviewed the preparedness of security forces to ensure that polls in south-west Odisha, where many areas are Maoist-hit, can be conducted peacefully.

According to a senior police officer, issues that were discussed during the meeting held by the police chief include safety of candidates, star campaigners and voters as well as area dominance during elections. Measures in place for transportation and movement of election materials including electronic voting machines (EVMs) were also discussed.

Key senior figures including SPs of the concerned districts, DIG (south-western range) Himansu Lal, IG BSF and senior officials of CRPF attended the meeting.

“All necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the upcoming election is conducted peacefully in a smooth manner without any untoward incident,” said Sharma.

Odisha is expected to conduct Assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls.

During his visit, the DGP also inaugurated the capacity building programme in the cyber space for all SPs of the south-western range. This focus of this programme lies in building cyber infrastructure in Maoist-hit districts.

Meanwhile, two wanted women Maoists of Malkangiri district surrendered to the police during the DGP’s visit. As per the surrender and rehabilitation scheme of the Odisha government, these women will be rehabilitated and provided financial assistance.