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With no poll boycott call by Maoists, electors in Jharkhand's Tundi cast vote freely

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May 25, 2024 05:33 PM IST

With no poll boycott call by Maoists, electors in Jharkhand's Tundi cast vote freely

Dhanbad , Fifty-five-year-old Devyanti Majhia was among many who on Saturday exercised their franchise freely in Maoist-hit Tundi block in Jharkhand's Dhanbad district as the red rebels did not give a poll boycott call for the first time since 1984, officials said.

With no poll boycott call by Maoists, electors in Jharkhand's Tundi cast vote freely
With no poll boycott call by Maoists, electors in Jharkhand's Tundi cast vote freely

Enthusiasm was witnessed among people of Tundi, which falls under Giridih Lok Sabha seat, as peaceful voting was witnessed and 56.77 per cent turnout recorded in the block till 3 pm, Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Madhvi Mishra said in a press communiqué.

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Since 1984, Maoists have been putting up posters on school buildings and walls of houses asking people to refrain from casting their votes. They had called for boycotting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well, an official said.

However, this time, they did not give a poll boycott call in the area for the first time in four decades, he said.

"The base area of the Maoists has shrunk in the state and they are now restricted to only a few pockets. This is one of the reasons behind high voter turnout in red zones," a senior police officer said.

Voters' confidence to freely exercise their franchise was also boosted by frequent visits of Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police H P Janardhan and his team to vulnerable booths, the official claimed.

The district administration declared 34 of the 85 booths in the block as Maoist-affected.

Dinesh Mahtha, one of the voters, said that long queues, especially of women, were seen at polling stations after many years.

Dhaneswar Singh, a Maniadih resident whose younger brother was killed by Maoists for refusing to give levy in 1984, said there was no fear of the red rebels in the region.

Sunil Choudhary, a school teacher in Tundi, claimed that Maoists have been completely wiped out from the region.

This article was generated from an automated news agency feed without modifications to text.

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