Centre directs Chhattisgarh to beef up security ahead of polls

The Centre has directed the security forces to tighten security across Chhattisgarh following intelligence inputs that Naxals may carry out subversive activities ahead of the first phase of assembly polls on November 11.

PTI| Updated: Oct 31, 2013, 19:37 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre has directed the security forces to tighten security across Chhattisgarh following intelligence inputs that Naxals may carry out subversive activities ahead of the first phase of assembly polls on November 11.

The Home Ministry has conveyed to Chhattisgarh government and the paramilitary forces to deploy adequate security personnel in sensitive places to foil any attempt by the rebels to disturb peace in the state, official sources said.

Intelligence inputs suggested Maoists were planning to target political leaders, polling personnel and security forces engaged in election duty next week, the sources said.
The two-phase assembly elections in Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh will be held on November 11 and 19. There were 200 violent incidents carried out by Naxals in Chhattisgarh till July 2013 in which 73 people lost their lives.
In 2012, there were 370 incidents of Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh in which 107 people were killed. Altogether 27 leaders of Congress in Chhattisgarh, including PCC chief Nand Kishore Patel and former Union Minister V C Shukla, were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh on May 25 last.