Assembly elections 2018: Day before polling, Naxals trigger 7 explosions in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: An encounter broke out between the security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Antagarh village after the Maoists triggered at least seven explosions, a day before voting begins for the assembly election.

The encounter took place at a village in Kanker district, 175 km from the state capital Raipur. A senior police officer said a BSF team came under attack when they were patrolling the area. A jawan was injured when an improvised explosive device or IED exploded during the encounter.

The IEDs were planted in a series and were set off in one go in Koyali Beda.

Another encounter between security forces and Maoists broke out in Bijapur. One Maoist dead, one apprehended. Arms and ammunition recovered. Operation continues. The body of a Maoist has been recovered, the police said. Another Maoist has been arrested.

One BSF ASI injured in an IED blast in Kanker’s Koyali beda reported ANI. A set of 6 IEDs were planted in a series and were set off in one go between village Gome and Gattakal in Koyali beda

The attacks came amid tight security in seven districts of Bastar division and Rajnandgaon district which go to polls in the first phase on Monday.

Around one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of elections.

Maoists have asked voters to boycott the polls.