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In Chhattisgarh,Maoists ask villagers to use NOTA

The meetings assume significance as the Maoists have been asking villagers and locals to boycott the polls.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi |
October 30, 2013 2:09:01 am

Maoist groups are reportedly holding meetings at villages in Chhattisgarh,asking them to press the newly introduced None Of The Above (NOTA) option in the EVMs during the upcoming assembly elections in the state,a senior CRPF officer said.

The meetings assume significance as the Maoists have been asking villagers and locals to boycott the polls. “We have come to know that the Maoists are holding meetings with villagers and asking them to press the NOTA button. Their first attempt is to dissuade the people to go to the poll booths of course and if at all they go they have been asked to take the NOTA option,” said CRPF DG Dilip Trivedi.

The CRPF has been appointed as the nodal agency for force mobilisation during the assembly elections next month. The maximum deployment is in Chhattisgarh.

“They have made plans to disrupt the elections by attacking the security forces,” said a senior CRPF official.

The DG said they had deployed more than 7,000 personnel only to sanitise the routes and roads in the Maoist-affected state.

The CRPF has also asked its men to refrain from using anti-landmine vehicles,terming them as “fancy vehicle” as its use makes them easy identifiable and emphasised on using private and unmarked vehicles for movement inside the jungles.

Trivedi said Monday that one of the most challenging jobs for his force was to ensure that around 56,000 policemen sent from other states apart from the one-lakh odd Chattisgarh policemen were inducted safely.

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