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14 die in poll violence in Bihar, Jharkhand
February 03, 2005 16:52 IST
Last Updated: February 03, 2005 17:15 IST
At least 14 people were killed when Naxalites tried to enforce a poll boycott in Jharkhand and Bihar during the first phase of assembly election on Thursday.
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Jharkhand saw 11 deaths in naxal-dominated areas as the state went to the hustings for the first time since its formation three years ago.
A few hours before polling began, ultras of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) blew up a vehicle by triggering a landmine in Palamu, killing all seven occupants -- six policemen and a civilian driver.
The police team, headed by Chhatarpur police station in-charge Ashok Paswan, was returning after dropping off a polling party.
Four Naxalites were killed when they attempted to attack security personnel at Dandila in Hussainabad constituency, also in Palamu district.
In Bihar, at least five people were killed in poll-related violence.
Two security officials and a voter were killed in a naxal attack in Imamganj constituency in Gaya district.
In another incident two women were killed in police firing in Rohtas district.
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