Press Esc to close
Friday 24 October 2014
News updated at 6:16 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Polling time reduced in 'Maoist' Junglemahal

Drimi Chaudhuri Jhargram: May 6, 2014 DHNS
Polling time reduced in 'Maoist' Junglemahal PTI Image

Synonymous with the Maoist movement for years, when a culture of guns and explosives ruled, the Junglemahal region, cutting across the three districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore in West Bengal, goes to polls under a heavy security blanket on Wednesday.

To ensure there are no untoward incidents and voting is conducted safely in even the remotest parts of the region, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to reduce polling time by two hours, till 4 pm.

The EC has also decided to deploy more than 300 companies of Central paramilitary forces for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal.


While security has been strengthened in the six parliamentary constituencies covering Junglemahal on May 7, Jhargram, one of the most populated townships of the region, is looking like a veritable fortress, with gun-toting security personnel dotting the roads.
The EC is also pressing into service two helicopters for aerial surveillance and emergency evacuation, besides six anti-landmine vehicles. The 300 companies of Central troops, which consist of around 30,000 personnel, will be joined by another 25,000 personnel from the state armed police. The joint forces will be deployed in Jhargram, Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur, with additional personnel at Asansol in Burdwan district, which is also going to polls on the same day.

Special measures are being taken for around 1,600 booths that are located in the government-notified Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected Assembly segments of Jhargram, Binpur, Bandwan, Balarampur, Baghmundi and Joypur.

Sources in the state EC’s office said all LWE-affected polling booths would get at least one section. “Steps have been taken so that only around half-a-section of Central forces can be deployed in polling booths that are not critical or affected by insurgency,” said an official.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Hindu priest performs evening prayers called 'Aarti' on the banks of the river Yamuna...

Hindu priest performs evening prayers called 'Aarti' on the banks of the river Yamuna...

Dakshineswar Temple decorated with lights for the Kali Puja and Diwali at North 24 Pargana...

Dakshineswar Temple decorated with lights for the Kali Puja and Diwali at North 24 Pargana...

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai...

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai...

School students lighting earhen lamps at Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi...

School students lighting earhen lamps at Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi...

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival...

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival...

Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar...

Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar...

Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali...

Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali...

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali...

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali...

Hindu priests light oil lamps in a formation of the 'Swastika', a Hindu symbol of peace...

Hindu priests light oil lamps in a formation of the 'Swastika', a Hindu symbol of peace...

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali...

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523