Odisha Elections 2024: Maoist Posters Call For Boycott Of BJD & BJP In Nabarangpur

Bhubaneswar: Just two days before polling for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district, Maoist posters calling for poll boycott were found in several places on Saturday.

According to sources, the Maoist posters and leaflets were found mostly in Raighar area of Nabarangpur district, where a hardcore Maoist was killed in an encounter with security forces on Thursday. The Maoists, in the posters and leaflets, told the voters of the area to boycott the elections as well as BJD and BJP candidates.

On being informed, police team from Raighar went to the locality and seized the posters and leaflets. The IIC of Raighar police station Raghunath Majhi said they had informed the higher authorities about the incident and were keeping a close watch on the area.

The voters of Nabarangpur will exercise their franchise in the first phase of simultaneous elections in the state on May 13.

It may be noted that the state government had put the police on high alert in the areas sharing border with Chhattisgarh in apprehension of infiltration of Maoists to disrupt the elections in Odisha.

Director General of Police (DGP) Arun Sarangi, who visited Nuapada in last week of April, had said the districts on Chhattisgarh border have been put on high alert. The police of both states have been carrying out operations in suspected Maoist areas to prevent infiltration by the members of the banned outfit.

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