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Determined to vote in Naxal-hit Dantewada

DNMUM443404 | 9/23/2019 | Author : Satya Prakash | WC :303 | India

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Raipur: On the face of it, Monday’s bypoll in Dantewada assembly seat of Chhattisgarh appears a scene from Bollywood movie Newton: a Naxal-dominated pocket, hostile terrain and frightened voters. But a visit to Ground Zero threw up pleasant surprises: retreating left-wing extremists and determined voters.
Elections in the ST constituency, part of the Bastar region, are being held nearly five months after Naxals blew up a vehicle, killing local BJP legislator Bhima Mandavi. The party has fielded Mandavi’s wife Ojaswi this time.
While nearly 18,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Dantewada, the administration has shifted voters of 28 villages to areas under better surveillance. However, those voters have to cover
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