Turnout between 67 to 55.9 per cent in eastern India

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Bhubaneswar/Patna/Ranchi/Port Blair, April 11: There was a voter turnout between 67 and 55.9 per cent today for the 21 Lok Sabha seats in three states and a union territory, besides 70 Assembly constituencies in Odisha in eastern India, even as two CRPF jawans were killed and seven injured in a Maoist attack this morning in Bihar.

Odisha recorded the highest of 67 per cent for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 Assembly seats, Jharkhand 58.3 for four LS seats, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 55.9 per cent for one LS seat and Bihar the least with 53 per cent for six LS seats.

Maoists detonated a land mine killing two CRPF jawans and injuring seven others in Haveli Kharagpur area of Munger district when they were on their way to polling stations of Jamui constituency, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Khargpur, Ranjan Kumar told PTI.

The jawans belonging to 131 CRPF battalion were travelling in two jeeps to Tarapur for poll duty when Maoists detonated an IED and then fired on the securitymen near Sawa Lakh Baba Mandir at the entrance of Bhimbandh jungle at around 5.30 AM with the security personnel returning the fire. The CRPF personnel were identified as head constable Ravindra Rai and constable Sone Gora, Kumar said.

The seven injured were taken to the Bhagalpur hospital, from where four were flown by helicopter to Patna and admitted to a private hospital. In Gaya, the police seized and defused six can bombs weighing 30 kg each from Banke Bazar area under Imamganj Assembly segment, which is part of Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat, Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Tiwari said.

PTI

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