The first phase of panchayat elections saw a significant turnout in rebel centres.

In the first phase of panchayat elections on Saturday, GumlaPalamuDhanbadHazaribagBokaro, the state polices special anti-Maoist drive has borne fruit in rebel-hit areas of Lohardaga, Gumla, and Simdega . The voter turnout in Peshrar and Kisko regions of Lohardaga district was 57.45 percent and Kisko 63.78% at the conclusion of the

In the first phase of panchayat elections on Saturday, GumlaPalamuDhanbadHazaribagBokaro, the state police's special anti-Maoist drive has borne fruit in rebel-hit areas of Lohardaga, Gumla, and Simdega, as many residents of the interior areas of these districts saw large turnouts.Despite the call for a poll boycott by extremist organizations in Peshrar and Kisko regions of Lohardaga, where Operation Bulbul was mainly concentrated, people queued up to cast their votes from morning hours right before the polling began at 7 a.m.In the first phase, two blocks in the Lohardaga district went to the polls.The voter turnout in Peshrar was 57.45 percent and Kisko 63.78% at the conclusion of the polling, while the district's total was 61.6 percent, according to a Pesrar resident.

After a long journey, some people even arrived at the voting counters.We are grateful to the electorates of the hyper-sensitive areas such as Peshrar and Kisko blocks, said Lohardaga DC Vaghmare Prasad Krishna.The overwhelming turnouts in Gumla, another LWE-affected district, saw polling booths in Sursang, Birkera, and Lauki, among others in Raidih block, Puso, Badri, and Sisai block, Batkuri, Karanj, and Maladon.Voters have done their part by enthusiastically exercising their franchisee, according to Gumla DC Sushant Gaurav.

In six blocks Hussainabad, Harihurganj Pipra, Untari Road, Mohammadganj, and Haidernagar in Palamu, the overall polling rate stood at 65.43%.The maximum number of votes was obtained by Harihurganj and Pipra blocks, which are near Bihar.Harihurganj had a 70.4% success rate while Pipra had a 68 percent success rate.Officials said that 86% of voters in Palamu district were expecting higher turnouts, but that 65.43% was no small number at a time when labour migration is also ongoing due to the hot weather.

Moreover, villagers in Naxal-hit blocks came out in droves to vote in Dhanbad.According to the district public relations department, the turnout in the Topchanchi block was 72.33% and nearly 713.15% in Tundi.The polling in Hazaribag was uneven, according to a source.SP Manoj Ratan Chothe said.

42 of the total booths were super-sensitive and 50 were sensitive because they were located in Maoist-affected areas, but everything was smooth, he said.A large turnout was also recorded at Jhumra hills in Bokaro, which was once considered to be the CPI (Maoist) citadel.