The government has deployed about 40,000 jawans of Central Security Forces (CSF) in Naxal-hit states to support the local police in tackling the extremists, a senior official of Home Ministry said. However, the government has already stationed around 60, 000 security forces in these areas.

According to the security agencies and the intelligence reports, the red-ultras have planned much bigger this time to put hurdle in the poll process in the country. They are posing serious threats to political leaders and Lok Sabha candidates.

The intelligence agencies have already informed the Central Government and the state governments about the possible threats from Naxals during the elections.

A senior intelligence official said, “This time, they have planned something big. Their preparation level to disrupt the general elections can easily be gauged by ghastly attacks in the past one month.”

The security agencies and the forces have been keeping a hawk’s eye on the movement of these extremists, forcing them to move their bases deep inside the jungles. The Maoists, however, have succeeded in laying its intelligence network at the base of local police and security forces, which will help them in keeping an eye on movement of the later.

According to the intelligence agencies, many school children have been roped in by the extremists as their informers in order to dodge the security forces and local police.

The Naxal–hit regions go to polls in two phases on April 10 and April 17. Intelligence reports say, the Maoists have threatened the residents of these Naxal-hit states to not exercise their franchise. The red ultras have issued similar warning during the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections which saw a good turnout in Naxal-hit regions. The presence of voters was seen as a big success for the security forces and therefore, this time the possibility of extremists hitting back becomes quite evident.


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