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Jharkhand: 39.8 per cent voting till 1pm amid violence, 1 killed

RANCHI: One person was killed as security personnel opened fire on assailants who police claimed tried to snatch their arms outside a polling booth in Jharkhand, where 39.83 per cent votes were cast till 1pm in the second phase of assembly elections in 20 constituencies.
The voting commenced at 7 am amid tight security arrangements, they said.
Additional director general of police (ADGP) Murari Lal Meena said the man was killed when personnel of the rapid action force (RAF) fired on the assailants near booth number 36 in Sisai constituency.
The injured persons have been admitted to hospital, said Meena, who is also the nodal officer for assembly election-related security measures.
Jharkhand chief electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said the incident is being probed and polling in the booth has been stopped.
A police officer also suffered injuries when angry villagers resorted to stone pelting after the incident, police sources said.
In West Singhbhum district, Maoists torched an empty bus near Jojo Hatu village in Chaibasa constituency, superintendent of police Inderjeet Mahata said.
Polling in 18 seats will end at 3pm, while voters in Jamshedpur (East) – where chief minister Raghubar Das is in fray – and Jamshedpur (West) constituencies can exercise their franchise till 5pm, an election commission (EC) release said.
Assembly speaker Dinesh Oraon (Sisai), rural development minister Neelkanth Singh Munda (Khunti) and BJP's state unit president Laxman Gilua (Chakradharpur) were among the early voters.
A large number of people were also seen in queues waiting for their turn in Baharagora and Chaibasa constituencies, braving cold conditions, the officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier in the day tweeted, urging voters to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
A total 48,25,038 voters, including 23,93,437 female and 90 third gender voters, are eligible to vote to decide the fate of 260 candidates, including 29 women nominees and 73 independents.
According to police sources, more than 42,000 security personnel, including central forces, have been deployed on the 20 seats spread across seven districts.
"Several of the constituencies going for this phase of polling are Maoist-affected. So, armed police have been deployed as a part of security measures," Jharkhand chief electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said.
Out of a total of 6,066 polling stations, 949 have been declared 'critical' and 762 'sensitive' in Maoist-affected areas, he said.
The CEO said that 101 polling stations have been relocated due to security reasons, and free transport facility has been arranged for voters to reach these stations.
Webcasting facilities has been made available at 1,662 polling stations, he said.
The assembly segments going to polls in the second phase are, Baharagora, Ghatsila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur (East), Jamshedpur (West), Seraikela, Chaibasa, Majhgaon, Jaganathpur, Manoharpur, Chakradharpur, Kharsawan, Tamar, Torpa, Khunti, Mandar, Sisai, Simdega and Kolebira.
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