Raipur: Thanks to a proactive Election Commission and an alert administration, no casualties were reported from the Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh during the polling for the Assembly elections in the state.
Polling was held on November 12 in 18 constituencies falling in the naxal-infested zone of the state. And there was not a single incident of violence. All the poll parties were safely back to the district headquarters by Wednesday.
17 were killed in 2008
This is for the first time that no violence took place during polling in the naxal zone. The earlier elections had witnessed a lot of blood spilling in these areas. In the 2003 polls, 11 persons were killed in the violence unleashed by the Naxals. In 2008, the toll rose to 17 and in 2013, five deaths were reported.
The credit for violence-free polling must go to the Election Commission of India and the district administrations. For the first time, an unprecedented 1.20 lakh armed security personnel were pressed into service and helicopters were used to ferry around 1,000 poll personnel.