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Bihar panchayat polls: 62.5 % turnout despite Maoist threat

Unfazed by a poll boycott call given by Maoists, an estimated 62.5 per cent turnout was on Tuesday recorded in the fifth phase of Bihar panchayat polls marked by stray incidents of violence.



Patna: Unfazed by a poll boycott call given
by Maoists, an estimated 62.5 per cent turnout was on Tuesday
recorded in the fifth phase of Bihar panchayat polls marked by
stray incidents of violence.

ADG (Headquarters) Rajbardhan Sharma told reporters here
that anti-social elements exploded a bomb near a booth in
Gangati village under Minapur police station in Muzaffarpur
district to initimidate voters.

Armed supporters of two candidates exchanged fire and
pelted stones at each other at village Surjan Pakari under
Sevaipati police station in Muzaffarpur in which one person
was injured, he said.

In Jehanabad, a clash took place between police and a
section of voters after they threw brickbats at securitymen
forcing them to stand in queue at a booth in Badhar village.
None was injured in the incident, he said.

37 districts figured in today`s polling involving an
electorate of 49 lakh.

Director General of Police Neelmani said 854 persons,
including three mukhiya and one zila parishad candidates,
besides two presiding officers were arrested from different
places.

Ultras, who have given a call for boycotting the
elections, exploded a landmine in which three policemen were
injured in Muzaffarpur district yesterday.

Election authorities set up 11,604 polling stations of
which eight are located in Maoist-hit areas.

Police seized unaccounted money to the tune of Rs two
lakhs from different persons during the polling process.

226 vehicles were seized from different places while a
gun and two cartridges were recovered in Bhojpur district, he
said.

As many as 85,403 candidates are in the fray in 51 blocks
to elect their representatives in a total of 25,980
panchayats, Zila Parishads and Gram Kutcheries.

About 62.5 percent of 49 lakh voters cast their
votes in the fifth phase of the elections, state election
commission control room said.

ADG (Headquarters) Rajbardhan Sharma told reporters that
stray incidents of violence were reported from Muzaffarpur and
Jehanabad districts.

Anti-socials exploded a bomb near a booth in Gangati
village under Minapur police station in Muzaffarpur
district to initimidate voters, Sharma said.

Armed supporters two candidates exchanged fire and
pelted stones on each other at village Surjan Pakari
under Sevaipati police station in Muzaffarpur in which one
person was injured, he said.

In Jehanabad, clash occurred between police and a
section of voters after they threw stones on the securitymen
who tried to place them in queues before a booth at Badhar
village. But none was injured in the incident, he said.

PTI

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