Last Updated: November 06, 2023, 18:19 IST
Two members of a polling team and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were injured in an IED blast by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district a day ahead of the polling for the first phase of the assembly elections, police said.
According to PTI, the IED exploded at around 4 pm when four polling parties were escorted being taken to their respective polling stations under Chhotebethiya police station limits, a police official said.
The polling members were being escorted by a joint team of BSF personnel from Marbeda camp escorting the polling teams to Rengaghati Rengagondi polling station at the time of the blast, he said.
A pressure IED went off near Rengagondi leaving two polling personnel and a BSF constable injured.
The injured BSF constable has been identified as Prakash Chand, who sustained injuries to his legs while both the polling officers received minor injuries. They have been shifted to Chhotepethiya for treatment.
The rest of the polling teams have safely reached the Rengagondi polling booth which falls under the Antagarh assembly constituency. A search operation is underway in the area. Antagarh will go to the polls on Tuesday.
Polling for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will be held in two phases on November 7 and 17, while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 3.
In the first phase, polling will be held in 20 seats in seven districts of the Naxal-affected Bastar division and four other districts, namely Rajnandgaon, Mohla-Manpur-Ambagarh Chowki, Kabirdham and Khairagarh-Chhuikhadan-Gandai.
(With PTI inputs)