Live: Maoists loot EVMs in Kotpad area, Odisha

Arvind Kejriwal, Politics 0 Comment 13

Naxals open fire near polling booths in Bastar Naxals opened fire on security forces near ten polling booths in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bastar Parliamentary seat, where around 30 percent of the electorate cast their votes till noon.
Besides, a huge haul of explosives, including 15 IEDs and three pressure bombs, were today recovered by security forces from separate places, averting a massive strike by the ultras in the insurgency-hit region. “Naxals opened fire on security forces near around ten polling booths while voting was underway there. No injury or casualty was reported in the incidents,” a senior police official told PTI.
Rebels fled to the forest after security personnel launched retaliatory attack on them, he said. The polling booths where firing was reported are – Korra and Amirgarh in Sukma district, Samoli and Thanikarka booths in Dantewada district, Nednar booth of Narayanpur district, Padeli and Raigabodi in Kondagaon, he said. Voting was suspended for few minutes in many of these places but presently it is undergoing smoothly, he said.
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Polling in Bastar began from 7 am and around 30 percent turnout has been recorded till noon, according to Joint Chief Electoral Officer DD Singh. The polling time in seven Assembly seats–Bastar, Chitrakot, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Konta, Kondagaon and Dantewada –in the region is till 3 PM while the single Jagdalpur Vidhan Sabha seat will witness polling upto 4 PM, he said.
At some sensitive polling booths, voting started after a short delay while EVMs machine were replaced at some polling booths, Singh said.

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