Violence mars polling in Chhattisgarh, Bihar and other polling states
Despite an enthusiastic voter turnout in the third round of parliamentary elections to pick 91 of the country's 543 MPs, sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some constituencies leading to temporary suspension of voting.
Maoists struck early in the day when they managed to kill two CRPF jawans, on a patrolling duty, and injure seven others in Munger district.
Polling in two booths in Bihar was suspended for sometime due to the land mine blast in Nawada Lok Sabha seat while at a polling booth in Auranagabad constituency the polling got delayed due to a faulty EVM which was later on replaced.
Police resorted to firing at a booth in Belaganj of Gaya to control the violent clash between rival groups.
The state director general of police Abhayanand said 35 troblemakers were arrested, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and nine cane bombs were recovered from various places of the six Lok Sabha seats which witnessed polling during the day.
In Chhattigarh, two security personnel were wounded in Naxal attack.
The rebels, who gave the poll boycott call and warned villagers of dire consequences, ambushed a joint team of security personnel at Pardem while they were escorting a polling party back to its destination in the restive Sukma district after voting was over at 1500 hrs, police sources said.
(Posted on 11-04-2014)