Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blood on the ballot: Naxals kill 17

Category » Nation Posted On Thursday, April 16, 2009
New Delhi, April 16:
Spilling blood on the ballot in the world's biggest democratic exercise, Naxalites killed 17 people and injured several others in the red corridor of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa as voters streamed to polling booths in 15 states and two Union Territories in the first phase of polling for 124 Lok Sabha seats.
About 20 to 30 turnout of the 14.31 crore voters was reported from various parts of the country while security personnel had a tough time to ensure smooth polling in troubled areas.
Five zonal officials were killed and two others injured in a landmine blast in Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh. The jeep carrying the officials was blown apart in landmine blast between Kamkasur and Kusmi villages about 100 km from the district headquarters.
A CRPF jawan was killed and seven others injured in naxal attacks in the Bastar region of the state where polls were held for all the 11 seats.
In their bid to disrupt polling in Jharkhand, Maoists struck today killing at least nine people including seven BSF personnel and two civilians and injuring seven other jawans setting off a landmine explosion in Hesla forest area under Chandwa police station in Latehar.
In Gaya district of Bihar, Maoist guerillas went on a rampage, killing two policemen and injuring three, including a woman constable, in a daring attack on a polling booth under Aurangabad constituency in south Bihar.

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