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PTI bhubaneswar India
Updated: 07-11-2018 20:54 IST

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

two phases - on November 12 and November 20.

"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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