Patna, Sept 29: In the run up to the Bihar elections, 900 persons including naxals and criminals have been arrested. The clean up operations were carried out by the security personnel part of special operations. Security personnel are keeping a close watch on anti social elements and naxals in particular. The first phase in which the South of Bihar would go to polls is extremely crucial. A majority of the naxal hotbeds fall in the south of Bihar. Cleaning up the mess Bihar in the coming days would resemble a fortress of security personnel. The Election Commission of India has said that it wants the central forces in 100 per cent strength at the polling booths. The security personnel from the central forces who have been in Bihar since the start of September with the help of the local police have identified 900 criminals and placed them under arrest. Out of the 900 persons, 60 are naxalites, officials confirmed while also adding that there were at least 15 encounters in naxal belts before the persons were arrested.
The security forces have also seized 105 kilograms of explosives which were being stocked in a bid to disrupt the polls. Apart from this, illegal weapons numbering 40 and five hand grenades have also been seized by the security forces who continue to comb areas prone to violence. Red alert In the wake of the naxals giving a call to boycott the elections in Southern and eastern Bihar, there are areas where a red alert has been sounded. Jamui, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya have been identified as highly vulnerable and security has been stepped up. Intelligence inputs suggest that in parts of Southeastern Bihar the naxals have called for a boycott of the elections. The security personnel would do everything to ensure that the people in these areas are able to vote without any fear.