Maoist gunned down ahead of Chhattisgarh polls


Bijapur: Security forces on Sunday shot dead a Maoist in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh following an encounter in the morning. The incident has occurred ahead of assembly polls in the state scheduled for November 12.

The Maoists had planted a set of IED and that went off in one go.Senior police officials said the exchange of fire between the police and the Naxals took place at a forest location in Bedre region when the special task force (STF) were on a combing operation.

Reports said the body of a Maoist in uniform was recovered from the spot. A rifle was also recovered by the forces. Police officials said the location is nearly 450 km from here where the exchange of fire took place.

A BSF officer was hurt during the exercise, the officials said. The official said they were awaiting details of the operation and added that the exchange of fire is still going on.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Bastar and Rajnandgaon districts where polls will take place Monday. Authorities say nearly one lakh security personnel have been deployed for smooth and fair conduct of election in the first phase.

Police officials said as the Naxals have asked the voters to boycott polls, therefore, they are not leaving anything to chance. Chhattisgarh will have two phase elections, the first one on Monday and second phase will be conducted on November 20.

The results will be declared on December 11. In the first phase, eight naxal affected regions will go to polls and these regions are Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgao.


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