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32 per cent polling in Bihar amid landmine blast

patna Updated: Apr 23, 2009 18:17 IST

An estimated 32 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar in the second phase of the elections till 3:00 pm today, the election office said.

A CRPF patrol had a narrow escape when Maoists exploded a landmine on the Bakhri-Bhitiharwa road in East Champaran district during the poll, ADG (Headquarters) Neelmani told PTI here.

The blast occurred seconds before the security personnel were about to cross the road. No casualty was reported.

Long queues of voters were seen at several booths in Valmikinagar, East Champaran, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and Sheohar seats as the polling gradually picked up.

EVMs were replaced or repaired at some polling centres in Sitamarhi, Valmikinagar, East Champaran and Darbhanga Lok Sabha seats.

Voters did not turn up at more than 51 polling stations in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, East Champaran, Madhubani, West Champaran, Hajipur and Vaishali, alleging lack of development in their areas.

RJD MLA Laxmi Narain Yadav and ten supporters were detained at Chiraiya police station for allegedly attempting to influence voters in favour of his party's nominee for Sheohar seat Sitaram Singh.