After an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) was detected in Konta’s Bonda, a makeshift polling booth was created under a tree in Sukma, one of the districts of the Naxal-affected ‘Red Corridor’.
Sukma: An IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta’s Banda. Pictures of voters queued outside a makeshift polling booth established under a tree, away from the actual polling booth. #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 pic.twitter.com/kIK498ZRG2
— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018
Earlier we had reported how Naxals blasted an explosive minutes before polling began in Dantewada. An IED was also reportedly recovered in Bijapur where PM Modi is expected to address a public rally in few hours.
10.7% voter turnout is reported till 10 am in the first phase of elections in 18 constituencies.
Voting is underway in 18 assembly constituencies today, of which 12 seats are considered ‘Naxal hotbed’. As Chhattisgarh prepared itself for the assembly elections, many parts in the state saw setting up of polling booths for the first time. Katekalyan’s Talem village of Dantewada is one such village.
Out of total 90 assembly seats, 18 are up for polls today. Remaining will vote on 20th November. The counting will take place on 11th December.