Top police officials of Bastar region, including the Inspector General (IG), Superintendent of Police (SP) and ASPs, held a high-level meeting with their Odisha counterparts on Friday and drafted a plan to take on the rebels in run-up to the elections and on the voting days, the officials said.
    
On the direction of Election Commission, a meeting was held with police officials of Odisha for a well-coordinated effort to ensure peaceful polling in the Naxal-hit regions, said Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav.
    
Several districts of south Chhattisgarh like Bastar, Kondagaon and Sukma have links with the Naxal-hit districts of Koraput and Malkangiri in Odisha in terms of movement of cadres, arms and ammunition. Coordination is necessary to curb the activity of Maoist cadres, he said.
    
"We have mutually identified some sensitive pockets in the inter-state border regions where there is a need to focus more," Yadav said.
    
"There are several areas on both sides where mobile check posts require coordinated support from security personnel of the two states," he added.
    
Insurgency-hit Bastar and adjoining constituencies like Koraput, Nabrangpur (Odisha) and Gadchiroli, Chimur and Chandrapur (Maharashtra) will go to the polls on April 10.
    
Naxals routinely give election boycott calls and often target political workers, leaders and polling agents during the campaigning and on the day of voting.

(Agencies)

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