2 killed, several hurt in violence-marred poll in Bihar

Two persons were killed and many injured in different parts with an estimated 50 to 55 per cent voter turnout in the state.
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Updated on May 06, 2004 01:24 PM IST
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Two persons were killed and scores injured in different places as widespread violence, intimidation of voters, booth grabbing and clashes marked the polling in the 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar with an estimated 50 to 55 per cent voter turnout.

Official sources said an RJD worker Tanik Yadav was shot dead and another critically wounded in exchange of fire between supporters of two rival parties at Chandwara.

A JD-U activist and four others received bullet injuries at Nayagaon village in Munger. The activist later died.

Three poll personnel, including a presiding officer, six homeguards and a booth grabber were arrested in Madhepura where RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav is crossing swords with his bete-noire, Union Consumer Affairs Minister Sharad Yadav. Polling at the booth (no. 66) was cancelled. Balram Yadav, another presiding officer was caught red-handed while casting votes for a particular candidate at a booth in Munger seat.

Six policemen and a presiding officer who were reported missing after an attack by the banned MCC at a polling station at Narganjo in Jamui district later returned.

Twelve people were injured in a clash at two booths in Balia, while bomb explosions, firing, booth capturing and lathicharge were reported from Madhepura, Munger, Banka, Purnea, Begusara and Kishanganj, the sources said.

Three persons were injured in clash and firing at Banmankhi in Purnea where incarcerated member of the dissolved Lok Sabha Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav is seeking a fourth term.

Polling cancelled in Madhepura booth, 10 held

In Madhepura, ten people, including a presiding officer and six homeguards, were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly indulging in bogus voting and polling cancelled in a booth in Bihar's high profile Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency.

Official sources said polling at the booth at Sherpur village was cancelled after Election Commission observer KJ Alphon, during a visit, found these people and a booth grabber had cast bogus votes in favour of a particular candidate.

On going through the vote register, the EC observer found that though only 200 signatures were present, over 300 votes had already been cast.

Deputy Collector (Election) Rakesh Mohan verified the report and the ten persons were arrested, sources said.

RJD president Laloo Prasad Yadav and Union Minister Sharad Yadav are locked in a keen fight in the high-profile constituency.

Presiding officer dies

A presiding officer died of cardiac arrest at Gauri Pipra booth in Saharsa Lok Sabha constituency when polling was in progress, official sources said.

JK Jha, a government employee, succumbed after he complained of uneasiness and chest pain when polling was on, they said.

Polling was affected for some time at the booth but later resumed as another presiding officer was posted there.

CPI demands repoll in Ballia

In New Delhi, the CPI has demanded repoll in several booths of the Ballia parliamentary seat alleging that "armed" supporters of the Lok Janshakti Party candidate were indulging in booth-capturing.

In a letter to the Election Commission, party's national secretary Atul Kumar Anjaan alleged that the LJP candidate, Suraj Bhan, himself had led an attack in the assembly segments of Alauli and Barauni.

Giving details of the incidents, he sought repoll in 12 polling booths spread over these two assembly segments.

CPI nominee from the constituency Shatrughan Prasad Singh has also complained to the EC.

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