Barring stray incidents of firing on polling stations, the polling in naxal-infested Gadchiroli today went off peacefully and 50 to 55 per cent voting was recorded in the district, officials said.
District returning officer Atul Patne told reporters that polling could not take place at 22 polling station as the concerned staff failed to reach the destinations as naxals put obstacles. He estimated that about 50 to 55 per cent polling took place in the district.
With heavy deployment of paramilitary personnel in the entire district in Eastern Maharashtra after the killings of 17 policemen last Thursday, the local administration and police succeeded in keeping a check on unlawful activities.
A total of six incidents of naxalites opening fire were reported today. In the first incident, a group of naxals opened fire in Kasansur in Ahri Taluka but the police did not retaliate as part of strategy.
In the second incident, naxals fired few rounds in the direction of a polling station at Bonde in Korchi Taluka.
A chopper was immediately pressed into service to send additional police force there, Additional S P Gadchiorli, Manoj Sharma said.
In an another incident, naxals fired in Kawatha in Kurkheda Taluka. But none of the security personnel was hurt in any of the incident. Three more minor incidents were reported elsewhere.