For the first time in 3 decades, Chhatisgarh villagers participate in the Sukma election rally

RAIPUR: Braving, villagers of Dharmapenta, one of the worst areas affected by the Naxaites, in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, met Sunday at an election rally for the panchayat elections, the first time in about three decades. The villagers decided to exercise their franchise in the survey scheduled for Monday.

DGP DM Awasthi told TOI: The anti-Naxalite operation has increased people's confidence in the police ... Chhattisgarh police are making sincere efforts to gain people's trust in rural areas. As a result, the Bastar people have gained confidence in democracy.

Police said people in Naxalite-affected areas have now gained confidence in democracy and the police as the terror of the Maoists fades. The presence of more than 300 villagers in the electoral assembly is a positive sign for democracy and an indication that the Naxalites are uprooted, police said.

Dharmpenta was a village, where Naxalites used to terrorize people ... to keep them away from electoral assemblies and voting. But, with the presence of the police force, this year there was a significant positive change on the stage during the elections, he added. .

In the extremely sensitive voting booth in Surnar, 12 Maoists with reward on their head, including DAKMS head, surrendered to the police and joined the mainstream. They also exercised their voting rights in the district of Bijapur on January 30.

According to officials of the Electoral Commission this year, voting in the areas affected by Naxalite has doubled compared to last year.