In Naxal heartland, NOTA plays spoilsports for BJP
In the Naxal-infested pocket of Bastar, people rejected the candidates contesting the election by pressing none of the above (NOTA) button in the electronic voting machines in a big way that ruined the prospect of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the region. Interestingly, four of the 12 assembly constituencies in Bastar had recorded the number of NATO votes more than the vote difference between the winner and the loser.
The NOTA vote option was introduced in the polling for the first time. “It was really surprising that in Bastar that had been otherwise known as undeveloped pocket, people had come out in such a large number to reject the candidates,” a political observer in Bastar said. In all, 77,327 votes in the NOTA account were counted in 12 assembly constituencies of Bastar.
Assembly elections: Highest ‘NOTA’ recorded in Naxal affected area in Chhattisgarh
Bhopal/Raipur: As many as 10,848 voters exercised ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) votes in Chitrakot, a small constituency in the naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. This was the highest number of NOTA, an option available for the first time to voters to reject all the candidates, in all the four states where assembly elections’ results came out on Sunday.
Police patrol escapes Maoist blast
Latehar (Jharkhand): A police patrol had a narrow escape today after its two vehicles passed barely seconds before Maoists triggered a blast on NH-75 in Latehar district. Police said at least 11 police personnel in the two vehicles were patrolling a stretch on the national highway under Maneka police station area when the ultras triggered the blast at a spot they passed barely seconds before the explosion.
Maoist Posters Found
Even as PLGA Week concluded without any report of violence or Maoist activity in the areas bordering Balangir, Bargarh and Nuapada, Maoist posters and banners were found in Jamseth, Mandosil and Chindeikela under Paikmal police limits on Sunday. The posters and banners called upon the people to celebrate the 13th PLGA Week from December 2 to 8 in their villages and urged youths to join the PLGA and drive away police and security forces from their areas. The posters and banners, which have been issued by the CPI (Maoists), were seized by the CRPF and police even as it created a flutter among the villagers.
Odisha: Maoists kill two, set ablaze vehicles
Two persons were killed and at least five vehicles were set ablaze by Maoists in the Koraput district of Odisha, police said. The deceased have been identified as Bandhu Saraka and Gato Huika of Kumbhariput village under the Maoist-affected Bandhugaon police limits. Around 100 Maoist operatives struck at Kumbhariput on Saturday night and dragged the two out of their homes and slit their throats. Maoist letters recovered from the spot stated the duo was killed for allegedly working as police informers, police said. Later, the ultras attacked a construction site and set ablaze a truck, one road roller, two JCB machines and one grinder machine engaged in a road construction work, as they were opposing the road construction work.
Two Most Wanted Maoists Held in Odisha
Odisha Police today arrested two wanted Maoists during a combing operation in Koraput district. The arrested Maoists have been identified as Nabin Praska and Sana Wateka. Police said they were tipped-off about the movement of the duo near Dumbaguda area under Narayanpatna police limits and accordingly an operation was planned.
“While Nabin is involved in 10 murders, Sana has killed five people. Besides the arrested duo are involved in several Maoist offensives including extortion, blocking roads and felling trees,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar. According to police the duo had joined the Maoist organization four years back and was working for the Koraput Srikakulam divisional committee of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee.
Odisha: Maoists released two abducted tribal villagers in Malkangiri district
Bhubaneswar: The Maoists released the two abducted tribal villagers on Sunday after threatening them to stop directly or indirectly helping the security forces. They were abducted four days ago from Gamphakonda village in Malkangiri district. On Thursday, one among the three tribals whom the Maoists had abducted on Wednesday night had escaped from the clutches of the ultras. The other two, including Gamphakonda sarpanch’s son Padia Madhi, reached the village on Sunday. The ultras alleged that they were helping the security forces in the anti-Maoist operations. During Padia’s release, the Maoists threatened him to tell his sarpanch father Irma Madhi to resign from his post.