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‘Combing operations on in naxal-affected areas’

Staff Correspondent

Udupi: Superintendent of Police Pravin Pawar said on Wednesday that tight security arrangements have been made for the Lok Sabha election on Thursday. Combing operations were on in naxalite-affected areas of Udupi district, he said.

Mr. Pawar told The Hindu that 10 teams of police were involved in the combing operations. So far, no untoward incident had been reported from the naxalite-affected areas of the district. “We have taken all steps to ensure peaceful polling in the entire district on Thursday,” he said.

Two cases of confiscation of liquor had been reported from Byndoor and Hiriyadka, Mr. Pawar said.

Police officer dead

Mr. Pawar said that a sub-inspector of the Andhra Pradesh Special Police force, who was posted for election duty at Karkala in Udupi district, died of a heart attack on Tuesday. He said that the Sub-Inspector, Rajagopal (53), from Hyderabad suffered a heart attack at 5.35 p.m. He was rushed to a hospital in Karkala, where he died later, Mr. Pawar said.

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