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Chhattisgarh election: Maoists detonates Bombs near polling booth

The attack happened around 6.20 a.m., just 40 minutes before the voting process began here along with nine other seats in the Maoist-infested region.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 12 Nov 2018 6:05 AM GMT

Chhattisgarh election: Maoists detonates Bombs near polling booth
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Dantewada: Minutes before the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls began on Monday, three Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) were detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off just 700 metres from polling booth number 183 in Nayanar village in Katekalyan area, narrowly missing a CRPF foot patrol, according to a source.

The CRPF Bomb disposal squad is in the process of defusing. Polling is underway at a makeshift booth under a tree. the authorities said.

The attack happened around 6.20 a.m., just 40 minutes before the voting process began here along with nine other seats in the Maoist-infested region.

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"There was no injury or loss to the polling team. Voting started as per schedule," said a officer.

It was the fifth Maoist attack in 17 days in the Left-wing extremism (LWE) affected state, police said, adding that the attacks were part of an attempt to disrupt elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly.

Amid tight security, voting at 10 of the 18 seats scheduled for the first phase began at 7 a.m. These were Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal and Kondagaon. It would end at 3 p.m.

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Polling in the remaining eight seats which began at 8 a.m. would continue till 5 p.m. All 18 constituencies are known Maoist-hubs.

Maoists on Sunday detonated an IED, killing a Border Security Force Assistant Sub-Inspector in Kanker district when the troopers were on foot patrol.

The Left-wing extremists have asked people to boycott the elections.

On November 8, a Central Industrial Security Force head constable and four civilians were killed when the insurgents blew up a mini bus they were returning in after buying vegetables and groceries here.

Doordarshan cameraman and three Chhattisgarh Police personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush here on October 30.

On October 27, the Maoists fired on a CRPF contingent in Bijapur killing four troopers.

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Saima Siddiqui

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