The Election Commission has
asked the Odisha government to seal its border with the poll
bound Chhattisgarh, an official said Wednesday.
The assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in
"The state government has been told to seal its border
with Chhattisgarh in order to ensure a free and fair
elections in that state," Odisha's Chief Electoral Officer
(CEO) Surendra Kumar said.
The state government has also asked the authorities of
eight Odisha districts bordering Chhattisgarh to go for
frisking in border areas and keep an eye on the movement of
Maoists and people carrying liquor, cash and other materials,
official sources said.
The eight districts are Sundergarh, Jharsuguda,
Bargarh, Nuapada, Nabarangpurm Malkangiri, Kalahandi and
On November 5, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash
Rawat and the two election commissioners addressed senior
Odisha government officials in a video conference, which was
attended by district magistrates of these eight Districts.
Surendra Kumar and other officials of the CEO's office
also attended the conference.
Sources in the state police said the administration
may seal roads connecting to towns in Chhattisgarh but Maoists
use routes through jungles and not the main roads.
"It appears to be a herculean task to check movement
of Maoist elements in view of the absence of enough security
forces in the state," the sources said.
The state government has repeatedly urged the Ministry
of Home Affairs for two more battalions of Central Armed
Police Forces to seal the border zones, but no such step has
so far been taken, the sources said.
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