Koraput: With elections drawing closer, Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma Thursday reviewed preparedness of security forces to ensure peaceful polls in south-west Odisha where many areas are Maoist-hit.
Safety of candidates, star campaigners and voters as well as area dominance during elections were among the issues discussed threadbare at a meeting held by the police chief during his visit here, a senior police officer said.
“All necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the upcoming election is conducted peacefully in a smooth manner without any untoward incident,” Sharma said.
The DGP took stock of the preparedness of the security forces deployed in the districts under the south-western police range and directed the officers to ensure that adequate attention be given to safety of poll personnel.
Necessary measures for transportation and movement of election materials including electronic voting machines (EVMs) were also discussed.
Senior police officials including SPs of the districts in the region, DIG (south-western range) Himansu Lal, IG BSF and senior officials of CRPF attended the meeting.
The DGP also interacted with the elected panchayat representatives of Malkangiri and Koraput districts where ganja cultivation is done in abundance and urged them to make people aware of the need to give up hemp cultivation and take to farming activities, said a police officer.
The DGP inaugurated the capacity building programme in cyber area for all SPs of the south-western range with a focus on building cyber infrastructure in Maoist-hit districts.
Meanwhile, two wanted women Maoists of Malkangiri district surrendered before the police during DGP’s visit here. The surrendered ultras were identified as Sukanti alias Penti Madhi, 36, and Sangita alias Kaushalya Khila, 20.
The two will be rehabilitated and provided financial assistance as per the surrender and rehabilitation scheme of Odisha government, the officer added.