Re polling at 70 booths in five parliamentary constituencies in Bihar that went to poll in the first phase on April 16 passed off peacefully on Saturday with an estimated 38 per cent voter turnout.
No untoward incident was reported from anywhere though a BSF contingent neutralised an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted under a tree close to a booth at Anwaransalaia village in Gaya district in Aurangabad parliamentary seat, Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani told PTI.
Unprecedented security arrangements were made at six booths on Kaimur hills in Chenari assembly segment of Sasaram seat where the polling exercise was postponed due to an attack by Maoist rebels, who have called for an election boycott, on a BSF camp in which a jawan was injured a day ahead of the April 16 poll.
It was for the first time since independence that the villagers voted at Dhansa, Budhua and Soli polling stations in the presence of 12 companies (around 1200 men and officers) of central para-military forces as a helicopter did aerial surveillance.
Re-poll was held at 23 booths each of Jenahabad and Aurangabad constituencies, 16 of Gaya, six of Sasaram and two of Karakat.