BALURGHAT, 13 JUNE: Around 100 booths located near the border are being specially monitored ahead of the rural polls on 9 July in South Dinajpur district. The international border abuts South Dinajpur on three sides, over a long stretch of 252 km of which almost 40 km still remain unfenced. The 100 booths are located in the eight blocks of the district including Balurghat, Hili, Gangarampur, Kushmandi, Kumarganj, Harirampur, Tapan and Bangshihari. 
The district magistrate of South Dinajpur, Mr D D Goswami said the BDOs of the concerned eight blocks, including Officer-in-charges, Inspector-in-charges of the concerned police stations and other block administrative officials, after a thorough study of the law and order situation of the blocks, stressed on special attention for the booths in question. 
The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations.
A high alert has been sounded in the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering the booths, including Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur.
A vigil will be maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. sns