Nagaland DGP K Kire said the state has geared up all necessary security arrangements for smooth conduct of the ensuing by-election to 26 Aonglenden AC to be held on May 7 next in Mokokchung district.
Former state chief minister and former governor of Maharashtra and Goa, Dr. S. C. Jamir, (Congress) and Toshipokba (NPF) would be contesting in the by-election.
According to a NEPS report, the DGP said so far the police have not received report of any incident till date, and that things were generally peaceful.
He disclosed that the home ministry had directed the state to deploy 15 Companies of CRPF drawn from Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura for the by-election purpose in the Mokokchung district.
“But we have taken only 10 Companies,” Kire said adding, “They already have 5 Companies of CRPF while another 5 Companies of CRPF from Manipur have already come to Nagaland.”
Out of the 10 Companies of CRPF, 1 Company would be placed in Mokokchung, while the rest would be placed in Tuensang, Zunheboto, Wokha and Peren districts mainly to prevent unwanted elements from disrupting the polls, the police chief revealed.
In addition to these security arrangements, 4 Companies of IR Police personnel are already in Mokokchung and would be shortly joined by another Company of Mahila IR personnel.
“So with these arrangements in place and the prevailing peaceful environment in the district, I expect the ensuing by-election in the district will be by and large peaceful and free and fair,” Kire added.
Asked about the reported threat to Dr Jamir by NSCN (I-M), Kire said there was no such report of threat, based on investigations carried out from various sources including Army, SIB, CRPF and State Police.
Nevertheless, he said the Threat Perception Committee had meeting and necessary directions were given to provide security to the candidates.
“We are doing all the needful and not taking anything for granted,” he stated. Kire also said the IG (INT) C Sangtam met Dr. Jamir on Thursday and discussed about his security.