A low 52 per cent turn-out was recorded in the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh today, where a police personnel was injured in an attack by the rebels, and explosives were recovered from a few places.
Naxals, who had called for boycott of the election, ambushed a police team which was escorting polling officials on their return after conclusion of polling in Gadiras police station limits of Sukma district. A police constable was injured in the attack, Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said.
"The incident took place in the forests between Dhruwaras and Munga when rebels triggered a pressure bomb blast and followed it with indiscriminate firing," he told PTI.
"Constable Raju Alami was injured in the blast," he said, adding that he was being shifted out from the area.
Firing was reported near several polling booths; explosives were recovered from some places.
Bastar was the only constituency in the tribal-dominated state that went to polls today."Around 52 per cent of electorate exercised the franchise," state's Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kujur said.
The highest turn-out was recorded in Bastar district (67 pc) followed by Kondagaon (55 pc), Narayanpur (45 pc), Dantewada (42 pc), Sukma (25 pc) and Bijapur (25 pc), he said.
Polling ended at 3 pm in seven assembly segments -- Bastar, Chitrakot, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Konta, Kondagaon and Dantewada -- while it went on till 4 pm in Jagdalpur assembly segment.
Voting did not take place at Polampalli polling station of Konta region of Sukma district due to fault in EVM machine. A total of 26 EVMs had to be replaced, one of them, when the voting had started.
Electoral process in 53 polling stations was under surveillance through webcasting cameras.