Re-polling underway in Chhattisgarh amid Maoist threat

Raipur, April 27 (Inditop) Re-polling was underway Monday in 25 booths in three Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh where Maoists had disrupted the electoral process Thursday.

Polling began at 7 a.m. at 20 booths in Maoist stronghold Bastar, four in Rajnandgaon and one in Korba. Poll booths will close at 3 p.m. in Bastar and at 4 p.m. in the other two constituencies.

Election officials said that 10-12 percent polling was recorded by 10.30 a.m.

Heavy security arrangements have been made, especially in Bastar, where two choppers are undertaking aerial surveillance.

Maoist rebels have called for a boycott of the parliamentary polls and threatened to chop off the hands of those casting their votes.

The state went to polls for all 11 Lok Sabha seats April 16. The Election Commission ordered the re-polling in 25 booths due to disruption of voting by Maoists.

On the day that the state went to the polls, Maoists killed seven people – five poll officials in a landmine blast in Rajnandgaon district and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in a gunbattle in Dantewada district of Bastar region.