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Maoists snatch ballot papers

SAMBALPUR: Armed Maoists snatched ballot papers for panchayat elections from a polling booth at Panduakhol village in Sambalpur district early on Sunday, police said.The rebels numbering 14, including two women, woke up poll personnel at the booth, located about 90 km from here, at around 2 am and directed them to hand over ballot papers to them, superintendent of police s Debdutt Singh said.They disappeared with the ballot papers into dense forests.

Phase four of the five-phase panchayat polls, now underway in Orissa, is scheduled to be held in the area on Monday.Maoists had hung banners in the industrial estate of Sambalpur city and at Sambalpur road railway station recently, asking people not to participate in the polls. Leaflets with the same plea were distributed at several places.Posters also appeared at Tampersingha village of the district urging the electorate not to exercise their franchise.


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posted by Resistance 19.2.07,


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