Chhattisgarh poll violence: 5 CRPF commandos injured, 5 Naxals killed in Bijapur encounter

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WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 12, 2018, 04.40 PM (IST)

Three more Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) jawans were injured and at least five Naxals were killed in an encounter that broke out between security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur's Pamed area on Monday, news agency ANI reported. 

According to reports, all CoBRA personnel are now out the danger. Two jawans were injured earlier on Monday in the same encounter.

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Meanwhile, security forces, earlier today, defused an IED detected on the road leading to Dwarapara polling booth, under PS Bairamgarh in Bijapur. 

Earlier in the day, the security forces detected three IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) near a polling booth in Konta's Banda in Sukma district. 

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As many as 18 assembly constituencies, out of a total of 90, have gone to polls today in the first phase of the electoral fight marred by Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh.

The voter turnout in the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly election on Monday was recorded at 47.18 per cent till 3 pm. By 2 pm the same was recorded at nearly 38 per cent.

The remaining 72 seats of Chhattisgarh assembly will go to vote on November 20 as part of a multi-phased voting across five states that also include neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.