Naxal placed IED bomb in Gadchiroli district, injured CRPF jawan
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 15, 2019, 02:45 PM
The Phase 1 of the 17th Lok Sabha elections on April 11 was marred by Naxal attacks. After the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh on April 9, where a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed, another explosive device was placed in Maharashtra.
In the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, a CRPF jawan was escorting election officials towards a polling booth in the Etapalli tehsil, when the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) exploded.
The device was attached to a bicycle parked on the road in the middle of a market place. The jawan was airlifted to a hospital through a helicopter, suffered serious injuries, and was critical for a while, but later he stabilised.
Senior police officials said that a high-alert was sounded after the incident, and more security forces were deployed in Naxal-affected areas. They also assured voters of coming out and voting without fear.
Gadhciroli was among the seven constituencies to go to polling in the first phase of the elections on April 11, where 61.8% voter turnout was recorded. Ten constituencies will go to poll on April 18, in the second phase. Fifteen constituencies will conduct elections on April 23, in the third phase, and the remaining thirteen seats on April 29, in the fourth phase. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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