PATNA : In view of the large-scale violence in the first phase of panchayat polls in Bihar, the state government on Tuesday changed its strategy and plan for the remaining phases of the polls.
The government has also issued an "effective" shoot-at-sight order for booth grabbers and troublemakers in the subsequent phases of panchayat polls in the state.
Home secretary Afzal Amanullah told TOI on Tuesday : "If firing is essential, it has to be effective. Every bullet has to find a mark on the human body. Now firing will not be opened just like that in the air. It will now be effective," he said.
In all, 63 companies of Central paramilitary forces (CPMFs) have arrived in the state. All these CPMFs have already moved to remote areas of the state. The services of the railway police forces will also be used in the next phases of the polls, he said.
"An army helicopter has already arrived to keep the Naxalite-hit region of the state under close surveillance," Amanullah said. DMs and SPs have been asked to work out strategy and requirements in order to make it a violence-free poll in the state.
Additional director general of police (headquarters) Abhayanand has been given the responsibility for deployment of forces in the districts.
DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha had the responsibility of filling the vacancies of full-fledged SPs in six districts.
Commandant of the BMP at Saharsa Amit Lodha has been made Begusarai SP while Special Task Force (STF) SP Sanjay Singh will be Khagaria SP.
Patna SP (traffic) Shyam Kumar will be the new Sheikhpura SP. New SPs of Arwal, Sheohar and Naugachhia have also been appointed. These six districts had no full-fledged SPs so far.
In order to monitor the preparations ahead of the second phase of panchayat polls, top officials, including the home secretary, DGP and additional director general of police (headquarters), will visit Naxalite-hit districts like Saran, Nawada and Gaya on Wednesday.
They will hold meetings with district-level officials and give them specific guidelines for conducting the polls.
"We will not tolerate any kind of violence at any cost. If any disturbances take place, we will recommend all those areas for repolling.
We will try to identify the groups and individuals indulging in even silent rigging and cases will be lodged against them," the home secretary said.
"We will expedite the trial, and even if the candidate concerned wins the election, his or her candidature will be terminated. We will ensure that the conviction is completed within three-four months," he said.