Dantewada (Chhattisgarh), Nov 12: Ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls began on Monday, Naxals detonated an IED here that narrowly missed a CRPF foot patrol.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off just 700 metres from polling booth number 183 in Nayanar village in Katekalyan area, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer told news agency IANS.
The attack took place around 6.20 a.m., just 40 minutes before the polling process started.
“There was no injury or loss to the polling team. Voting started as per schedule,” said the officer.
On Sunday also, Maoists detonated an IED, killing a Border Security Force Assistant Sub-Inspector in Kanker district.
It was the fifth Naxal 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 Chhattisgarh Assembly elections.
Under tight security cloud, 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.
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.
The Left-wing extremists have urged people to boycott the polls.
On November 8, a Central Industrial Security Force head constable and four civilians lost their lives when the insurgents blew up a minibus.
Prior to this, Doordarshan cameraman and three Chhattisgarh Police personnel died in a Maoist ambush here on October 30.
In another attack, the Maoists fired on a CRPF contingent in Bijapur killing four troopers on October 27.