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Chhattisgarh: ITBP, Police joint party come under Naxal ambush, no casualties reported

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The (ITBP) and Police joint party on Thursday came under a Naxal ambush here in the early morning hours while on their way to a polling booth. No casualties have been reported so far.

"Naxals triggered an IED following which they fired on the 60 member party that was moving on foot to Dadwang for polling. ITBP jawans successfully broke the ambush and Naxals were pushed back after a brief encounter. No casualties were reported," officials said.

The ambush came at a time when the voting process was underway at the parliamentary constituency in the state.

"The incident occurred at around 04:30 am when the security forces were moving to Dadwang for polling. The forces were moving on foot from Farasgaon to Dadwang, 30 kilometres from Narayanpur," the officials added.

recorded a voter turnout of 10.2 per cent till 9 a.m.

On Tuesday, Naxals triggered an IED blast in Dantewada, which killed sitting BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, his and three personal security officers. Following the attack, security measures have been beefed up.

However, the stated that polling will be held as per schedule. Collectors and Superintendents of Police of affected districts have been instructed to take the utmost precautions.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP's had registered victory from This time the party has fielded its Bastar district chief and former MLA Baiduram Kashyap. Earlier, BJP's unit had requested the party's to field fresh candidates in the

has fielded its sitting MLA from Chitrakoot, Deepak Baij, to contest against Kashyap.

Polling in is scheduled in the first three phases of - April 11, 18 and 23 - for its 11 parliamentary constituencies.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 11:53 IST
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