Jamshedpur: Maoists on Thursday attacked a polling party in Bota village in East Singhbhum district where security forces repulsed a naxalite bid to disrupt polling in Bansdera after a fierce hour-long gunbattle.
The ultras triggered a landmine at Bota village under Patamda block in East Singhbhum, 165 km from Ranchi, when a polling party escorted by securitymen was heading for a polling centre on Thursday morning, DIG (Kolhan range) Manoj Mishra told PTI.
There were no reports of any casualty.
In Bansdera, security forces repulsed a Maoist bid to disrupt polling.
“An encounter took place at Bansdera under Ghatshila sub-divsion and a strong response from the CRPF and the police forced the naxalites to retreat. Polling has started there now,” inspector general of Police S N Pradhan said in Ranchi.
Air surveillance has begun in the area and combing operations were on, he said.
Bansdera, which borders West Bengal, is under Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat.