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C'garh: Amid polling, Naxals trigger IED blast; none hurt

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Naxals triggered an IED blast on Thursday morning in Chhattisgarh's district in Lok Sabha constituency where voting is underway, a said.

No casualty was reported in the incident, he said.

comes under the Lok Sabha seat.

"The explosion took place around 4.15 am in Farasgaon area on Narayanpur-Dandwan road when a team of security men was escorting polling personnel to their booth," the said.

Naxals had planted the explosive underground and were waiting for the security forces to arrive.

"However, when the rebels realised that security personnel had changed their route and were zeroing-in on them through a forest, they triggered the IED (improvised explosive device) blast in panic and fled the spot," he said.

"No harm was caused to the security and polling personnel in the explosion," he added.

A thick security blanket, comprising around 80,000 state and paramilitary personnel, was thrown across the Lok Sabha constituency where polling is being held in its four Assembly segments - Dantewada, Konta, Bijapur and - from 7 am to 3 pm, he said.

The voting time in the remaining four Assembly segments - Bastar, Chitrakot, Kondagaon and Jagdalpur - is from 7 am and 5 pm, the added.

Total seven candidates are in fray in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 09:25 IST