Naxals threaten Chhattisgarh villagers against voting in Assembly polls

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 20:43

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Naxals are reported to be threatening villagers in the state.

Reports say Naxals are threatening villagers in some parts of the state not to cast vote in next month’s Assembly Elections.

Chhattisgarh is going to vote in two-phased elections on November 11 and 19, the results for which will be announced on December 8. At stake in the state are 90 Assembly seats.

The Union government is sending an additional 40,000 paramilitary personnel to the restive Chhattisgarh for the polls. There are around 27,000 paramilitary personnel already deployed in Chhattisgarh for anti-Naxal operations.

According to sources, Naxalites have put up posters and personally warned people not to votes in the elections. They have particularly been visiting villages in their stronghold Bastar district since last week.

Among the dire consequences threatened include chopping off of fingers.

Villagers have been threatened to the extent that they should not even step out of their homes on the days of polling.

This move of Maoists is in stark contrast to the past when they had only called for a boycott of the elections.

CPI(Maoist) aims to overthrow the existing democratic structure with violence as their primary weapon and the Front Organisations and Strategic United Fronts as secondary weapons and plan to usher in so called `New Democratic Revolution`.

First Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 19:53

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