Visuals of the vehicle of poll party set on fire by Maoists.
Visuals of the vehicle of poll party set on fire by Maoists.

Odisha: Maoists kill polling official, torch vehicles ahead of 2nd phase of LS polls

ANI | Updated: Apr 18, 2019 04:46 IST

Kandhamal (Odisha) [India], Apr 18 (ANI): A polling official was shot dead by Maoists on Wednesday near Barla village under Gochhapada police station limits in Maoist-affected Kandhamal district ahead of the second phase of ongoing polls in the state.
The deceased polling officer, identified as Sanjukta Digal, was on her way for election duty when Maoists exploded an IED targeting the vehicle she was travelling in but narrowly missed it. Subsequently they opened fire at the vehicle and Digal was killed. Other officials who were travelling with her are safe.
Expressing condolences, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted: "Deeply anguished by the sad demise of polling supervisor Sanjukta Digal in Maoist attack in Kandhamal district of Odisha on her way to polling booth. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayer for the departed soul."
In another incident, Maoists set a bike and two SUVs on fire. The vehicles were carrying polling materials like EVMs and VVPATs etc to a booth in a remote village in Phiringia. Thirteen polling officials travelling by these vehicles got down before the Maoists torched the vehicles.
Polling for five Lok Sabha seats in Odisha - Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Aska - is scheduled to begin at 7am on Thursday. (ANI)