Hyderabad: State police anticipate disturbance by Maoists during the Assembly polls in the State. The police submitted a report to the Election Commission on Tuesday informing that there are 13 assembly constituencies where Maoist effect may be seen during the polling.
Speaking to the media later in the Chief Electoral Officer Mr Rajat Kumar said, “A report has been received from the Director General of Police with regard to the polling stations. The Maoist-affected areas are expected to have some disturbances. In about 13 constituencies, the polling may complete by 4 pm.”
Notices were issued to Telangana Rashtra Samithi for conducting meetings at Pragathi Bhavan, but a reply is yet to be received, he said.
“Whoever has received notices should respond, failing which a report will be given to the Chief Election Commissioner. It is not good for political parties to complain against each other. Notices have been given to the DGPs of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in connection with the issue of Andhra Pradesh intelligence officials caught at Jagityal. Necessary action will be taken in that issue,” said the CEO.
He also said the district collectors, district election officers and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner will take action against those causing disturbances and obstruction to any public election meeting.
“Several complaints have been received about the disturbance of public meetings. Causing obstruction to a public meeting may lead to arrests by a police officer without any warrant. The arrested will be liable for punishment up to six months or with a fine up to Rs 2,000 or both. The DEOs may also invoke other relevant rules and provisions of IPC and CrPC, and others to see that political meetings are held peacefully in the period leading up to the polls,” the EC said....