As many as 2 Maoists were killed in an encounter with the District Reserve Guard (DRG) in the forest area of Dhanikarka under the Kuakonda police station limits in Chhattisgarh on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a teacher, who was on election duty at a polling booth in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, died of a heart attack on Thursday, an official said. The deceased, Tukalu Ram Nareti, an assistant teacher in a government school, was deputed as the polling officer at Kamta booth (no.186) in Antagarh area of Kanker Lok Sabha constituency where voting was underway, the official from the local administration said. Kureti complained of chest pain around 6 am and fell unconscious at the polling station. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, the official said. The body was sent for postmortem, he said.
Meanwhile, around 11 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling in three Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, an official said. Voting in the second phase of polling in the state began at 7 am in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund Lok Sabha seats, all having Maoist presence, amid tight security, the official at the state election office said. "Around 11 per cent voting has been recorded till 9 am," he said.