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Security beefed up at Indo-Nepal border ahead of general elections

March 29, 2009
Security beefed up at Indo-Nepal border ahead of general elections

MAHARAJGANJ: Security along the India-Nepal border in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state has been further beefed up ahead of the upcoming national polls

in the country.

In the areas near the Sonauli border at Maharajganj district, around 18 border outposts have been placed. According to India's Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), security has been beefed up and precautionary steps are being taken to ensure peaceful elections in India.

The security personnel are keeping a close vigil on every passerby by checking their belongings.

“We have been instructed that in your area you have to do patrolling during the day and at night checking the check posts so that the people may know that we are present for their security and they should not face any difficulties. Every suspected person shall be checked, prevent trans-border crime. If we receive any necessary information, we shall inform it to the higher levels. And for this we are very much alert,” said Shailendra Kumar Singh, Assistant Commandant, Sashastra Sena Bal (SSB).

Besides, SSB and Uttar Pradesh police together have started a joint-operation to arrest the cross border criminals.

“Ever since election campaigns started, the administration has become quite attentive. SSB is checking every car and every pedestrian who is carrying any bags along with them.” said Jainarayan Singh, a local. India will hold elections between April 16 and May 13, in which 714 million people will be eligible to cast their votes to elect a new federal government. -REUTERS


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