New Delhi: One Maoist was killed and another apprehended in an ongoing encounter with security forces in Bijapur district of poll-bound Chhattisgarh state, news agency ANI reported. Security forces have also recovered arms and ammunition from the spot.

It is to be noted here that the encounter incident comes a day before the first phase of assembly elections. Security has been beefed up in the state ahead of the voting.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, one Border Security Force (BSF) ASI died after an improvised explosive device (IED), suspected to have been laid by Naxals, blasted in Kanker’s Koyali beda area. More details are awaited in the incident.

DIG, Anti-Naxals Operations, P Sundaraj said, “BSF personnel Mahinder Singh was injured in IED blast in Kanker’s Koyali beda. He has been airlifted to Raipur. The situation in the area is normal now. Security forces are conducting search operation in the area.”

A set of 6 IEDs were planted in a series and were set off in one go between village Gome and Gattakal in Koyali beda.

The first phase on November 12 will see 18 seats of eight Maoist-affected districts go to polls. Of these, 12 are Scheduled Tribe seats while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat. The campaigning for the same will end on Saturday.

The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11.

A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two-phased state polls.

In two recent attacks, Naxals have killed nine security personnel and the DD News cameraman, prompting security officials to direct personnel to “maintain a very high state of alert till the polls process is completed”.

The attacks came in the wake of Naxals warning the locals to stay out of the Assembly elections. Security has been beefed up in the area.