There were at least three Maoists-initiated incidents in different parts of the state on Thursday, when four parliamentary constituencies of Jharkhand went to polls.
However, the incidents hardly affected the election process as all the places struck by the Maoists witnessed fairly good voter turnouts. In Gumla, the Maoists carried out three blasts 5 km from Bamda polling station under Chainpur police station.
“Large turnouts at polling booths frustrated the rebels,” Gumla police superintendent Bhimsen Tuti said as an explanation to the Bomb blasts.
In another incident, security personnel unearthed five IEDs (improvised explosive devices) planted at two polling stations in Chatra district. The explosives were dug out before the polls started. Four IEDs were planted at Kendwasabor polling station under Rajpur police station and another one was at polling booth number 160 near Rajpur.
“All the five IEDs have been defused,” said Prashant Kumar Karn,” Chatra superintendent of police. In Latehar, Maoists trying to cross the Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border were confronted by security forces near Laat picket under Barwadih police station.
Meanwhile, no violent incident was reported from Palamu, Lohardaga, Garhwa, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Giridih and Ranchi districts. Palamu SP said, “We had blocked all their entry points from Bihar and other adjacent districts and carried out special operations in Maoist-hit areas.”
In Chatra constituency, voting at polling station number 296 was conducted in an open area after security forces suspected presence of an IED inside the station.