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Chhattisgarh: People turn up in large numbers to vote in Naxal-hit Bastar constituency

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People on Thursday turned up in large numbers to cast their vote in the first phase of

Voters queued up to exercise their franchise in Naxal-affected regions of Dantewada and Sukma amid heavy security.

will witness polls in the first three phases of - April 11, 18 and 23 - for its 11 parliamentary constituencies.

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

In 2014 elections, BJP's had registered victory from This time the party has fielded its 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 Chitrakot, Deepak Baij, to contest against Kashyap.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 09:49 IST