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Jharkhand: 7 killed; 45-50 per cent turnout
February 03, 2005 20:19 IST
Around 45 to 50 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Thursday in the first phase of polling in Jharkhand.
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The polling, however, was marred by Naxalite violence. Seven persons, including six policemen, were killed when Naxalites blasted a landmine in Palamu.
There was an exchange of fire between security forces and some extremists at Hariharganj in the Hussainabad assembly constituency.
Also see: 55 per cent turnout; 19 killed
The security forces cordoned off a large area in Pandu in Bishrampur, where, they suspect, at least a hundred extremists are holed up.
In Giridih, a Communist Party of India (ML-Liberation) activist was injured in a clash near a booth at Bariadih in the Rajdhanwar assembly constituency.
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