Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Mohan said here on Wednesday that armed policemen will be deployed in Maoist-influenced areas to prevent any likelihood of disruption in elections to the zilla and taluk panchayats in the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikkamagaluru on Saturday.
“We are extra cautious,” Mr. Mohan told reporters after reviewing security arrangements for the elections in the three districts. As many as 154 polling booths in the three districts are in the Maoist-affected areas. Apart from armed men on duty, personnel from the Anti-Naxal Force personnel will take up combing operations.
Mr. Mohan said that so far there was no call given by Maoist members to the people asking them to boycott the polls. The police have not seen any Maoist activity in the three districts. He said that there have been meetings with police officers from border districts of Kerala.