Special drive against criminals to be intensified: DGP



Gaya: With the panchayat polls in Bihar slated to begin on April 20, a special drive would be launched to apprehend anti-socials and criminals especially from the interstate borders with Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, state Director General of Police Neelmani on Saturday said.

Neelmani, who reveiwed police preparations for the 10-phased poll during the day, said the drive would ensure 'incident-free' election.

The DGP said he had discussions with his counterparts in the two neighbouring states and had been assured of their help.

A total 16,103 criminals and anti-social elements have already been arrested from the state and 226 weapons seized from them ahead of the polls.

Besides, the police was fully geared to ensure successful conduct of the panchayat polls. "We have decided to ensure static deployment of armed police personnel in the naxal-hit areas and other places wherever it will be necessary," he said.

The polling centres in those areas would also have CRPF and state armed police coverage.

Neelmani said regular meetings were being held by top police and civil officials and directions have been issued to district collectors and special superintendents of police/superintendents of police to ensure law and order.

Today's meeting was attended among others by Magadh Division Commissioner Vivek Singh, IG (Patna Zone) Bhrigu Srivasan, Additional Director General (Special Branch) Amrit Singh Nimbran, IG (Operation) K S Dwivedi and IG (Provision) Ravindra Kumar, official sources said.

PTI