Raigaunj: The preparation of Panchayat polls are underway. On Sunday just a day ahead of Panchayat election all the election duty personnels reached the booths as per their duty.
Arrangements of ballet papers and other equipments are underway in DCRC as its a final call now. Election duty personnels have staeted coming in the DCRC among nine blocks of the districts. SEC has also opened a control room on this day for better monitoring of polls. Tight security measures have been installed in all the districts.
As of now, two platoons from Andhra Pradesh Police have been assigned one each for the two Jangalmahal districts of West Midnapore and Jhargram that share borders with Jharkhand. West Midnapore police swung into action on Saturday after two posters and a tiffin box containing 8mm cartridges were recovered from underneath a culvert at the once-Maoist dominated Kalsibhanga between Bhadutala and Pirakata, close to the Lakshmanpur forest. Forces from the nearby CRPF camp and bomb squad reached the spot. Later, West Midnapore SP Alok Rajoria said all these were done to spread fear among villagers. “There is nothing to fear. We have a total 10,000 police force in the district,” he said.
However, the forest hamlets of Belpahari and Banspahari bordering Jharkhand and some Nayagram villages on the Bengal-Odisha border are the possible trouble points. Belphari is one area where the Trinamool couldn’t field candidates in some seats. Most panchayat seats in the bordering villages are witnessing a triangular contest between Trinamool, BJP and Adivasi Samanway Manch. CM Mamata Banerjee also expressed concern over this belt in an interview to a television channel.
Accordingly, all bordering villages in north and south Bengal have come under watch. They include West Midnapore, Birbhum sharing border with Jharkhand, Malda having a ready connect with Bihar, Alipurduar that shares border with Assam and parts of Nadia, North 24 Parganas and South Parganas that are close to the Indo-Bangla border.