Bhubaneswar: Despite constant threats from the Maoists, about 73% people turned on Wednesday to cast their votes in the by-election to Umerkote Assembly Constituency in the Maoist-affected Nabaragpur district.

The polling was held in 162 booths of which 70 had been identified as sensitive and 67 as hyper-sensitive amidst tight security, official sources said. There were no reports of any untoward incident during the voting.

The tribal constituency witnessed a triangular contest between Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Dharmu Gond, Congress’s Jatindranath Gond and ruling BJD’s Subash Gond.

It is note worthy to mention that the by-election for the Umerkote assembly seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, has been necessitated after Biju Janana Dal (BJD) member, Jagabandhu Majhi was killed on September 24.

As many as 2000 police personnel were deployed in the areas and 20 special police parties were patrolling in the border areas. 

The Chhattisgarh police too sealed the border from their side to ensure that the polling occurs in a peaceful manner.

Counting of votes will be made on 4th December.