Ballet fires bullet, 53 percent turn out in naxal hit areas in Bihar
- Unprecedented fool proof security arrangement deterred the naxalites to disrupt the polling process in six Lok Sabha seats where elections were held today, with more than 53 percent electorate exercising their franchise which witnessed 12 percent increase in voter turn -out over last Lok Sabha elections , further strengthening the democracy.
All the six Lok Sabha seats which went for polling today were naxal hit areas where the extremists had issued call for boycotting the poll process. They had even issued their own manifesto, challenging the present system of governance and expressing their complete lack of faith in democratic system.
Under such given scenario, the state was facing a tough challenge to conduct peaceful polling in naxal hit areas. Despite landmines blast in Munger which claimed the life of two CRPF jawans and recovery of bombs in Gaya and Aurangabad Lok Sabha seats, voters came out in large numbers, expressing their commitments for strengthening the democracy, increasing the poll percentage by 12 percent, in comparison with last Lok Sabha election held in 2009.
Four choppers including Chetak, Dolphin, MI 17 and Cheetah were pressed into service for surveillance in naxal hit areas where threats of Maoists were looming large in disrupting the poll process. Apart from air surveillance, arrangement were also made for patrolling in rivers and also in dense of forest areas where electorate were to exercise their franchise. Chief electoral officer said that during fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, polling would be held in naxalite hit areas of the state and adequate security arrangements would also be made to foil the bid of extremists to disrupt the polling process.
Six Lok Sabha seats which were naxalite affected are - Sasaram, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, Nawada and Karakat.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)