Magistrate killed, 4 cops hurt in J'khand violence

Updated on Apr 20, 2004 09:29 PM IST

A patrolling magistrate was killed and seven persons, including four cops, injured in separate incidents in Dhanbad and Giridih districts of Jharkhand.

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A patrolling magistrate was on Tuesday killed and seven persons, including four policemen, injured in separate incidents in Dhanbad and Giridih districts of Jharkhand.

Ajay Kumar, a doctor at Patliputra Medical College and deputed as patrolling magistrate,  was killed when suspected extremists first exploded landmine and then opened fire near booth number one between the adjoining villages of Palma and Dharampur in Dhanbad,  the police said.

They said Kumar was patrolling near the booth along with policemen on foot when the suspected ultras triggered a landmine and started firing. An encounter followed which is continuing. Kumar died on the spot, while four policemen were injured.

In Giridih, at least three BJP activists were injured in a bomb explosion at Hariharpur late on Monday night, the police said adding two landmines had also been recovered at Narainpur.

The police had averted a major disaster on Monday when they discovered and defused a 50 kg time bomb planted beneath a road bridge on Jammu river in the same district.

In Hazaribag, the supporters of BJP and the CPI on Tuesday clashed near a booth at Ramgarh, the police said.

In another incident at Lupung, a clash broke out among the voters standing in a queue.

However, there was no injury in both the incidents.

Earlier, incidents of political clashes, encounters with militants in Chatra and Palamu districts and efforts by the ultras to disrupt the poll process were reported in Jharkhand where around 15 per cent voters excercised their franchise by noon in the first phase.

Polling is being held in six districts of Chatra, Hazaribag, Dhanbad, Koderma,  Giridih and Palamu.

Supporters of BJP and the CPI on Tuesday clashed at Ramgarh in Hazaribag constituency where External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha and Opposition backed CPI candidate Bhubaneswar Prasad Mehta have locked horns.

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