Electoral Boycott, PLGA Actions

Campaign to Boycott Loksabha Polls, 11 April

maoists-621x414-621x414One Jawan killed, five injured in Gadchiroli Naxal firing
One police jawan was killed and five were seriously injured when the Maoists opened fire on a police team in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Friday. The incident took place when a team of Jimalgatta police station, was rescuing the polling party of Dambrancha polling booth at around 1 pm, said Gadchiroli police. “Police team retaliated the fire and reinforcement was sent immediately, but the Maoists managed to escape taking advantage of thick forest.
Police constable Giridhar Atram was killed in the firing and five Jawans were injured. The injured were airlifted and sent to Nagpur for further treatment” informed Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Suvez Haque in a press statement. Despite the incident, the police managed to drop the polling party to Aheri headquarter safely, claimed the SP.

Naxal blast injures two security personnel in Bijapur
Raipur: A day after polling in Chattisgarh’s Bastar Lok Sabha seat, two security personnel were today injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Naxals in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of the region, police said. “The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area for the movement of polling party returning to their fold after voting, in Dubaiguda forest of Awapalli region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI. “During operation, a Central Reserve Police Force jawan and a state police personnel came in contact with the pressure bomb that exploded, injuring both of them,” he said.

Chhattishgarh: Maoists ambush police patrol party in Bijapur; kill 1 cop, injure 5 others
One cop was killed and five others were injured, as Maoists on Friday ambushed a police party returning from poll duty near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. Earlier in the day, two security personnel were injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Maoists in the insurgency-hit district of the region, police said.
“The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area for the movement of polling party returning to their fold after voting, in Dubaiguda forest of Awapalli region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said.


Just 4 turn up to vote at Bastar village
Of the 1,797 booths in Bastar, 1,407 booths have been marked as ‘critical’ and all steps have been taken to ensure free and fair polling there. An entire polling booth in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency was shifted to an open field after bombs allegedly planted by Maoists were found near the building where polling was to take place. “We detected three explosives near the school in Kankapal village where the booth was located. Since we had limited time, we decided to relocate the booth to a nearby field,” said Shishupal Sinha, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), who was leading the police team protecting Kankapal poll party.
Maoist posters asking villagers to boycott the poll were pasted on the school walls and nearby trees. However, four of the 966 registered voters at this booth had cast their votes until 1 pm, polling official P.S.Baghel told this reporter. The figure remained unchanged when polling ended at 3.00 p.m. According to preliminary reports, the voting percentage in Bastar was around 52, Chief Election Officer of Chhattisgarh Sunil Kujur said in a press statement.
The actual figure could be confirmed only after all the polling parties reached the headquarters, he said. The village wore a deserted look. “The Jangalwalas (Maoists) came to our village last night and threatened to shoot us if we vote today,” Eitu Ram, a villager told The Hindu. Almost all the residents had fled the village, he said. Kankapal is 7 km from Tahakwada village, where 15 policemen were killed last month, and around 12 km from Jiram Ghati where Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders were killed last year.

Poll team in Chhattisgarh evacuated to safety
New Delhi, Apr 11: A 20-member poll team, perched atop a hillock in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Sukma district, was evacuated by security forces today through coordinated action, including deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The poll officials, who were on election duties yesterday, had to cancel their return to Sukma district headquarters last night after facing heavy firing from Naxals. A strong contingent of paramilitary personnel, which was guarding the poll officials, ensured their safety and stayed put the night at the interior location, official sources said.
Authorities deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the movement of Maoists Concerned over their safety, the authority deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the movement of Maoists and kept relaying information and instructions to the team for their evacuation.

Landmine explodes in Barwadih
Ranchi: Naxalites triggered a landmine explosion in Lat Panchayat of Barwadih in Latehar district of Chatra Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. No casualty was reportedly in the incident. Polling continued despite the explosion. Sources said the explosion was carried out to cause panic among voters. In another incident, police recovered a cylinder bomb planted near Kendua Sahor Middle School in Rajpur police station area. The bomb was diffused by the bomb squad.

Maoists set fire to EVMs in Odisha’s Malkangiri
KORAPUT: Defying all security arrangements, Maoists went on the rampage in Malkangiri district, looting and setting fire to EVMs and poll documents at eight polling stations on Thursday. While there was very low turnout in all Maoist-hit areas, officials at the election control room in Malkangiri town said no voters turned up at the booth in Silakota under Podia block. Till 6pm, 48 per cent voting was recorded in the district that has two assembly constituencies, which is 3% less than the voting recorded in 2009.
The Maoists, who have called a poll boycott, went on a sustained campaign over the past two months to strike terror in the hearts of voters. They pasted posters in several areas threatening to chop off hands of voters who turned up at polling stations. Maoists got in the act on Wednesday night, setting fire to EVMs and a vehicle used by polling staff at Mahupadar under Mathili police limits bordering on Chhattisgarh.
“The truck was carrying EVMs for one booth each at Kamapalli, Mundaguda and two booths of Mahupadar. A group of Maoists waylaid the vehicle near Mahupadar and set it ablaze after asking the officials to vacate it,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh. Continuing their offensive to disturb the poll process, suspected Maoists snatched the EVM of Polsari booth under Mathili police limits while the polling officials were returning after completing voting.
Also, the Red rebels damaged EVMs of three booths at Jodambao after snatching them from polling officials. “No polling officials have been injured. Repolling will be held at all the centres where EVMs were either looted or set on fire by Maoists. The dates will be declared soon,” said collector (Malkangiri) D Prasant Kumar Reddy. In a separate incident in Koraput district, the Maoists looted EVMs of Pujariput booth under Boipariguda block which comes under Kotpad assembly constituency. Officials said the incident took place around 12.30 pm when a group of around 50 Maoists stormed into the booth and forcibly took away the EVMs.

Maoists send letter to Odisha govt
Malkangiri (Odisha), Apr 11 (PTI) After disrupting polling in 15 places during first phase of Lok Sabha elections, Maoists have sent a letter to the Odisha government through polling officials demanding that operations against them be halted. The letter carried by a six-member polling party, that was detained by Maoists yesterday and released today, handed over the letter to the District Collector P K Reddy.


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