A Naxal was gunned down late last night and another injured in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district.
The face off took place in the restive Golapalli police station limits on Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh border when the joint party of state police and Greyhounds personnel from AP was on an combing operation for ensuring security ahead of the polls.
"The body of the slain Naxal has been recovered whose identity is yet to be ascertained," Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Shandilya said.
"The injured cadre has been shifted to Raipur for treatment," he added.
Of the 1,797 booths in Bastar, 1,407 have been marked as 'critical' and all steps have been taken to ensure free and fearless polling there, the official said.
BJP has once again fielded its old face and sitting MP Dinesh Kashyap while Congress has reposed faith in Deepak Karma, whose father Mahendra Karma, founder of Salva Judum movement, was killed in the Jiram valley Naxal attack on May 25 last year.
However, with the entry of AAP candidate Soni Sori, a tribal teacher from Dantewada region, the contest this time has become three-cornered.
The other candidates in fray are Manbodh Baghel (BSP), Shankar Ram Thakur (SP), Vimla Sori (CPI), Devchand Dhruv (CPI (ML) and Arjun Singh Thakur (Ambedkarite Party of India).