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Naxalites attack polling booths in Chhattisgarh

Naxalites attack polling booths in Chhattisgarh
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Apr 16 2009. 09 31 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 16 2009. 09 31 AM IST
Raipur: Naxalites attacked polling booths in Dantewada and Narainpur regions in Chhattisgarh, triggering IED blasts and exchanging fire with security forces as polling began in the state Thursday.
The naxals struck at Maroki, Mangnar and Jangampal in Dantewada area, about 350 kms from Raipur and in Nernar, Sonapal and Karmari in Narainpur region, around 250 kms from the Chhattisgarh capital, police officials said.
They said polling parties were safe.
Naxalites opened fire at two polling booths - Marokhi and Mangnar in Maoist-hit Dantewada Lok Sabha constituency, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma told PTI.
Security forces deployed at the polling booths have retaliated and the exchange of fire is still on, he said.
In Narainpur area, the naxalites exploded IEDs in Sonapal and Kokaneta regions but there was no danger to the polling officials, Superintendent of Police, Narainpur, Ambresh Mishra said.
Details of any casualty was not immediately available.
Additional security forces have been rushed to the affected areas.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 16 2009. 09 31 AM IST
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