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Ahead of polls, Naxals step up attack in Bihar, Jharkhand

india Updated: Apr 15, 2009 14:36 IST

Suspected Maoists attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Bihar's Rohtas district early Wednesday, a day ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha polls. No casualty was reported in the incident, police said.

Over 100 armed Maoists attacked the BSF camp at Bhansa Ghati in Sasaram, Rohtas, about 150 km from Patna, around 1.00 am. One security personnel was injured in the incident.

"Maoists used three rocket launchers in their attack on the BSF camp. Two launchers failed and one rocket hit a wall," Additional Director General of Police (Police Headquarters) Neelmani said.

The BSF camp was set up to ensure peaceful polls in view of the boycott call by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)

"A company of the BSF was camping there in view of the Maoist threat during polls," Neelmani said.

"Two air force helicopters are being used to comb the area and track the Maoists," he added.

On Tuesday, Maoist rebels torched the campaign vehicle of Mahabali Singh, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) candidate for the Karakat seat, at Karma-Vishnupur village in Aurangabad district, about 150 km from here.

On Monday, two school buildings in Gaya district and another primary school building in Aurangabad district were bombed by the guerrillas.

The election campaign vehicle of Mahabali Singh, the JD-U candidate from Karakat constituency, was burnt early Tuesday

Most Maoist affected areas of the state will go to the polls in the first phase Thursday. The government will deploy central paramilitary forces in large numbers to ensure peaceful voting, officials said.

In the first phase, in which 13 of the state's 40 seats will go to the polls, choppers will be deployed for security. The other three rounds will be held on April 23, 30 and May 7.

Elections in Bihar have usually been troubled affairs. In the 1999 Lok Sabha polls, 74 people were killed. In 2004, the toll was 20.

Naxals attack bus carrying CRPF men in Jharkhand

Seven people, including five Maoist rebels, were killed when guerrillas attacked a bus carrying security personnel in Jharkhand's Lathear area, just before the first phase of parliamentary elections on Thursday.

The bus carrying around 80 security personnel was ambushed near Nimiadih village of Lathear district, about 140 Km from here, late Tuesday.

Maoist rebels first detonated a landmine and then started firing indiscriminately. The security personnel retaliated with gunfire.

"The bus driver was killed on the spot and one security personnel died on the way to hospital. The bodies of five Maoist rebels have also been recovered," police spokesperson S.N. Pradhan told IANS.

Four security personnel were injured in the incident. They have been referred to the Apollo Hospital.