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Bihar panchayat polls: 62.8% voting in seventh phase

Around 62.8 percent votes were polled on Monday in the seventh phase of the ongoing panchayat elections in Bihar that were by and large peaceful.



Patna: Around 62.8 percent votes were polled on Monday in the seventh phase of the ongoing panchayat elections in Bihar that were by and large peaceful.

State election commissioner JK Dutta said Kishanganj
and Katihar districts registered the highest turn-out at 75
percent, while Nawada had the lowest vote percentage at 54.

The police fired five rounds in the air in
self-defence at polling booth number 110 in Garba panchayat in
Aurangabad district after a group of miscreants tried to
capture the booth by attacking the security personnel. None
was injured in the incident and a miscreant was arrested from
the spot, he said.

The police arrested 970 persons, seized 161 vehicles,
cash Rs 80,220, 30 mobile phones and 180 litres liquor from
across the state under preventive measures to ensure free and
fair panchayat polls, he told newsmen here.

Among those arrested in connection with poll-related
offences were three mukhiya candidates from Nawada, Saran and
Gaya districts, from whom cash of about Rs 21,000, three
mobile phones and 24 fake EPIC cards were seized, Dutta said.

Presiding officer Randhir Chaudhary was arrested
from a booth in Nalanda district on charges of dereliction of
duty, while a zila parishad candidate was arrested in Saran
district for electoral malpractice, Dutta said.

Polling at a booth in Rohtas district was shifted to
another place after a fire broke out due to short circuit in a
power grid sub-station.

The seventh phase of panchayat polls were held for
28,055 panchayat posts in 62 blocks, 12 of them
naxal-affected, in 37 districts of the state.

The eighth phase of panchayat polls will take place on
May 12.

PTI

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