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Eight killed, 30 injured in Bihar panchayat polls

Eight persons were killed and at least 30 others injured in poll violence in the first phase of panchayat elections in Bihar.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 18:53 IST

Eight persons were killed and at least 30 others injured in poll violence in the first phase of panchayat elections, held for the second time in 27 years, in 60 blocks of 38 districts across Bihar on Monday.

Official sources said that five persons were killed and six more injured in Nawada district in violent clashes between supporters of rival candidates at different booths in Kauwa Kol, Karma, Kewali Baraejara, Pali and Sherpur panchayats.

One person was killed in an armed clash between supporters of rival candidates at Dirba village in the Nauhata police station area of Saharsa district, the police said.

One person was killed and two others injured in a clash between two groups outside a polling booth at Magauna village in Gaya district, Superintendent of Police Amit Jain said, adding a candidate for the post of 'mukhiya' (headman) Binod Bihari Yadav and his two supporters were arrested in connection with the clash.

There were reports of an exchange of fire between security force and Naxalites at Echua village in the Wazirganj police station area of Gaya district. The police chased away the Naxalites who had come to disrupt polling, the SP said.