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Bombs found at Aurangabad poll booth

PATNA: A polling sales space in Maoist-affected Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency was shifted from the premises of a central authority college to a close-by place following the restoration of two live bombs, slightly 5 hours before the polling on Thursday.
The citizens of Anarban Salaiya village underneath Dumaria block in Gaya district, which falls underneath Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, had to cast their vote at a brief polling sales space underneath a banyan tree. Salaiya is set 35km south of Aurangabad district headquarters and located on the borders of Gaya and Aurangabad districts.

The polling workforce had been so scared of the explosives that they sought the intervention of the senior officials of Aurangabad district, who ordered shifting of the polling sales space (number 9) from the native government number one college to a close-by place. Till 2pm, best 70 electorate had grew to become up at the polling station to exercise their franchise.

Presiding officer Ajay Kumar mentioned, “Around 2am on Thursday, the workforce of 147th battalion of the CRPF detected two bombs on the campus. The bombs had been planted underneath the earth to focus on the security and the polling workforce. The voter turnout may be very low.”

Records confirmed that out of 250 electorate at the polling sales space, 41 male and 19 feminine electorate had exercised their franchise. “The space is considered to be a hotbed of the Maoists, who have given a ballot boycott call within the region,” mentioned a CRPF respectable.

In neighbouring Lutua panchayat, the electorate had additionally boycotted the ballot. Patrolling Justice of the Peace Anil Kumar Paswan mentioned the citizens had given a ballot boycott call for loss of construction work. Though the officials tried to persuade the electorate, the latter refused to budge.

“We are waiting since 7am however no one has grew to become up to cast his/her vote at the polling sales space (number 243) underneath Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency. The polling in booths located within the stronghold of the Maoists came to an finish at 4pm,” a senior respectable posted at the Aurangabad district Justice of the Peace’s place of business mentioned.

Aurangabad is likely one of the four LS constituencies that went to the polls within the first section on Thursday. Around 41,000 safety workforce had been deployed for the first section of election for Gaya (SC), Nawada, Jamui (SC) and Aurangabad Lok Sabha seats. Of them, 17,000 had been from the central armed police forces (CAMF) and the remainder from the Bihar Military Police and the state armed police.

Two choppers had been additionally pressed into carrier to stay an in depth watch on the motion of the Maoists, who had threatened to vitiate the ballot procedure. In addition, sniffer dogs had been additionally engaged in de-mining procedure, which ended in the seizure of explosives each pre-poll and put up ballot exercise.

“We had made foolproof safety preparations for the first section of elections held within the four Maoist-hit constituencies. Barring sporadic incidents of skirmishes and crew clashes outside the polling booths, no any primary incident was reported,” ADG (headquarters) Kundan Krishnan mentioned.

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