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Elections: 29 companies of central forces to be deployed in Maoist belt

Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that their foremost aim is to conduct free and fair election without any violence, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma on Wednesday informed that at least 29 companies of central paramilitary forces will be deployed in Maoist-infested areas in the State.

Election will be held in Maoist affected districts like Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput in the first phase on April 11.

“The Centre will send 29 companies of central paramilitary forces in the first lot. They will be deployed in Maoist affected areas where elections will be held in the first phase on April 11. More central forces will be deployed in the State later as elections will be held in four phase,” said Sharma in a press conference here.

The DGP said elaborate arrangements will be taken to ensure a free and fair election in the State.  Polling will be held in four phases for 147 Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha seats on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

Recently, Sharma reviewed the preparedness of State police and Central forces deployed in the districts under the south-western police range at Koraput.

“Our foremost focus is to conduct free and fair election without any violence. All necessary measures will be taken to ensure that the election is conducted peacefully without any untoward incident in the State,” the DGP said.

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