Sinha escapes unhurt; poll official killed

Updated on Apr 21, 2004 01:54 PM IST

Yashwant Sinha has escaped unhurt when his car was attacked on the Hazaribagh-Bishnugarh road in Jharkhand.

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External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha on Tuiesday escaped unhurt when his car came under attack on the Hazaribagh-Bishnugarh road in Jharkhand.

Miscreants hurled stones on his car at Silvwa Pahar. However, Sinha escaped the attack but the window panes had been smashed.

This was the second attack on Sinha in two weeks. On the first occasion, suspected CPI supporters threw stones on his car during a poll campaigning in Hazaribagh.

Later Sinha told newsmen in Hazaribagh that the attackers were CPI activists.

Condemning the incident and saying that violence has no place in democracy, Sinha said "the way the CPI activists are capturing booths shows their frustration and losing the elections. Let the people judge who is disrupting the democratic process."

According to reports the incident occurred when Sinha's bodyguards asked the CPI activists not to capture a booth near Silvar Pahar.

Meanwhile a patrolling magistrate was killed and seven persons, including four policemen, injured in separate incidents in Dhanbad and Giridih districts.

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.

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