One killed in Bihar panchayat polls

Patna, May 6 (IANS) At least one person was killed and half a dozen others were injured in sporadic incidents of violence on Friday during the fourth phase of Bihar panchayat elections, officials said.

At least 100 people have been arrested during the polls.

Over 65 lakh people were eligible to vote in the fourth phase at 13,335 polling stations in 61 blocks spread over 38 districts.

Over 50 percent voters cast their vote to elect members of the three-tier rural Panchayati Raj Institutions, officials said.

“A youth was killed in Bhadvas village when a bullet hit his head in Vaishali district during firing between two rival groups,” a state Election Commission official said.

Half a dozen people were injured in violent clashes between rival groups and 100 people arrested, the official said.

According to police, clashes between rival groups were reported from Muzaffarpur, Lakhisarai, Jamui, Arwal, Jehanabad, Araria, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, and Siwan districts.

Police were attacked at many places and chased by supporters of different candidates.

In the first, second and third phases of the 10-phase polls, one person each was killed and over a dozen injured in group clashes.

The staggered elections will conclude on May 30.



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