Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Naxalites blow up culvert ahead of repolling in Bihar

Press Trust of India / Aurangabad (bihar) May 5, 2009, 13:37 IST

Naxalites blew up a culvert connecting a polling booth in the district just before repolling for the Lok Sabha elections started there today, police said.

The naxalites, who have given a poll boycott call, blew up the culvert connecting booth number 207 at a middle school in Deora village under Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat and placed a land mine at the gate of the booth, police said. The landmine was later defused by the security personnel.

Fearing more such mines on premises, the authorities shifted the repolling venue under a tree outside the school building.

Repolling in 75 booths that went to the hustings in the first phase on April 16 are being held today. The booths comprise 21 in Jehanabad, 18 in Aurangabad, 16 in Nawada, 6 in Saran, 5 in Maharajganj, 4 in Karakat, 3 in Jamui and two in Buxar.

Election office sources said that repolling at other places was peaceful so far.

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