Patna: Seven members of a polling party
were feared to have been abducted after Naxalites triggered a
landmine blast killing one person and damaging a vehicle
carrying poll officials in Bihar`s Jamui district on Sunday,
The officials were on their way early this morning to
conduct panchayat elections at polling station number 31 and
44 when the Maoists detonated a landmine on a road at Mariam
hillock and took away with them seven members of the poll
party, ADG (HQ) Rajyavardhan Sharma told reporters here.
The accompanying Special Task Force personnel fired on
the Maoists in retaliatory action near Chhurchuriya village
under Charkapatthar police station, he said.
However, there was no report of any injury or casualty
on the part of the Maoists.
The landmine blast also injured the driver Arun Mandal
and a poll official Surya Narayan Yadav, Sharma said, adding
the duo was taken to a hospital where Mandal died.
Security personnel comprising STF and CRPF men were
combing the area to rescue the abducted polling party members,
Sharma said, but refused to divulge their names.
The Maoists had given a panchayat poll boycott call in
The ninth and penultimate phase of panchayat election
was held today.