Bijapur, Nov 11 :Two encounters are on between security forces and Maoists in Kanker and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh while a fierce gunbattle broke out between the security forces and Maoists in Antagarh village after the Maoists carried out seven explosions, a day before voting begins for the assembly election.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of tomorrow’s first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh to elect a new Assembly. 18 constituencies in eight Naxal-affected districts will go to polls in this phase.
A senior police officer said a BSF team came under attack in the village in Kanker district, 175 km from state’s capital Raipur when it was patrolling the area. A BSF jawan has sustained injuries in the blast.
One Maoist has been killed in an another encounter between security forces and Maoists in Bijapur. The body of a Maoist has been recovered, the police said. Another Maoist has been arrested. Huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered. Operation is still going on.
Around 1 lakh security personnel have been deployed in Chhattisgarh for smooth conduct of the first phase of polling on November 12, a senior police official said Saturday.
Polling in 10 constituencies – Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta – will start at 7 am and end at 3 pm. In the other eight seats – Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot – the polling time will be 8 am to 5 pm.
The remaining 72 constituencies in the state will go to polls on the 20th of this month.