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Maoist shadow over first phase

Bhubaneswar/Malkangiri: Over 58.88 lakh people would vote in the first phase panchayti polls on Tuesday in 22,252 polling centres. Elections to the office of 203 zilla parishad members out of the total 854 would be held in (he first phase in which 836 candidates including 297 women are in the fray. Security arrangements have been strengthened in areas which are going to polls in ihe first phase.

Pairouing has been increased in sensitive and very sensitive areas. Additional police arrangements have been made in the Naxaliie-affected area. The left wing ultras have given a call for boycotts of poll in their strongholds. Polls would be held in two zilla parishad zones each in Malkangiri and Deogarh districts, nine in Kionjhar and 1 zones in Mayurbhanj district.

Meanwhile, a Maoist was killed following an encounter with ihe police in Kurub forest area in Malkangiri district on Monday. A contingent of Special Operations Group (SOG) and the CRPF was on its way towards Badigata under Kalimda police station area for Tuesday's pandiayat polls when the Naxalites opened fired on them


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posted by Resistance 13.2.07,


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