An encounter between security forces and Maoists is underway in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, a day ahead of the first phase of polling in the state to elect a new Assembly.
One Maoist has been killed and one arrested by security forces so far. One body, dressed in black uniform, was recovered by the police along with two rifles, according to reports.
The exchange of fire took place at a forest in Bedre area when a team of the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told PTI. The Maoists reportedly triggered a series of IED explosions.
Security has been heightened in seven districts of Bastar division and Rajnandgaon district which go to polls in the first phase on Monday.
Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the poll process in the state.
18 constituencies in eight Maoist-affected districts will go to polls in this phase.
Around 1 lakh security personnel, including central paramilitary force, have been deployed across the state for November 12 to ensure peaceful polling in the first phase, Chhattisgarh’s Special Director General (Anti-Maoist Operations) DM Awasthi told India Today.
The 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will go to polls in two phases — on November 12 and 20 — and the results will be announced on December 11.
News credit : Indiatoday