Naxals, police exchange fire in Gadchiroli

Gadchiroli (Maha): Two separate incidents of exchange of fire between Naxals and police took place in the district on Sunday, police said. However, no one was injured.

According to police, Naxals opened fire on a polling party near Repanpalli village when it was returning to its base camp.

However, security personnel accompanying the polling staff retaliated following which the outlaws fled away, they said, adding the polling staff reached its base-camp safely.

In an other incident, an exchange of fire between the ultras and police took place near Ghotsur village in Etapalli taluka early this morning, but no one was injured.

The second phase polling in Aheri, Etapally, Bhamrapad and Sironcha taluka for 16 zilla parishad and 32 panchayat samiti seats was held today.

Naxals had appealed people in the region to boycott the polls and had dropped posters in this regard at various places.

During the first phase of the zilla parishad polls held on February 7 last, Naxals had tried to attack a polling booth at Dhanora taluka but their bid was foiled.