Chhattisgarh votes for first phase today amidst Maoist threat

Fear, mixed with nervousness, is palpable across the Maoist-hit Dantewada and South Bastar region where polling for 12 of the 18 seats, in the first phase of elections, which will take place today.

Chhattisgarh elections: 2008 EVM-snatching incident on his mind, Bastar headmaster gets ready for poll duty

Dhurve is one of the many polling officials conducting elections in Bastar, the country’s most-affected area as far as Left-wing extremism is concerned.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Maoist boycott call looms over Dantewada Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Maoist boycott call looms over Dantewada

In interior areas, the situation is termed “explosive” as the rebels have asked villagers to boycott polls and vacate the area.

Chhattisgarh assembly elections: Heavy security cover for first phase of voting in 18 seats | Raipur NYOOOZ

These troops would maintain peace and harmony on inter-state borders, cordon off the area for passing of polling parties and would be responsible for taking care of any incident that takes place during the polling. Counting of votes will be held on December 11.A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the 90-member House. They would be shielded in security cover all the time.P Sundarraj, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Maoist operations) told TOI that the security forces were under strict protocol and breaking the routine pattern, they would ensure safe movement of polling parties as well as polling procedure.He added,

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Maoists from Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha have crossed into Chhattisgarh ahead of the first phase of polling on Monday in a bid to disrupt the elections, intelligence sources said today. Voting for the second phase is on November 20.

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