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13 dead: Assembly election
violence in Bihar, Jharkhand

What is India News Service, Friday, 4 February 2005, 1400 hrs IST

Thirteen persons were killed in incidents of sporadic violence in the first phase of Assembly elections in Bihar, Haryana and Jharkhand today. While six persons, including two women, were killed in Bihar, six policemen were killed in a landmine blast in Jharkhand. 

The Deputy Election Commissioner, A.N. Jha, told reporters here that polling was held for all the 90 Assembly seats in Haryana, 64 of the 243 seats in Bihar and 24 of the 81 seats in Jharkhand. While Haryana recorded a turnout of 65 per cent, it was between 52 and 55 per cent in Bihar and around 45 per cent in Jharkhand. 

In Jharkhand, five District Armed Police personnel, the station in-charge in Palamu district (under Chattarpur police station) and their civilian driver were killed when suspected Maoists triggered a landmine explosion early today. 

"No major incident was reported in Haryana," Mr. Jha said. However, group clashes were reported from a few places. Polling was suspended in a booth in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand after a polling official died following a heart attack. Another polling officer died after a heart attack in Elanahbad constituency of Haryana.

Spotlight
Assembly elections in 3 states

Voters defy Naxals, 55% vote:  Improper deployment of security forces and enforcement of selective boycott by Naxalite groups in Jehanabad and Gaya districts gave free rein to booth capturers. Out of seven persons killed either in group clashes or Naxal attack, four casualties came from these two districts whereas three others died in Rohtas. The average percentage of polling on the 64 seats, which went to polls in the first phase on Thursday, ranged between 52 and 56 per cent. 

Jharkhand: Given the overwhelming fear factor at play, the people in Jharkhand nevertheless choose to cast their votes in the Naxal-dominated areas that went to polls in the first phase on Thursday. Both in terms of voter turnout and violence, Thursday's polling can be described as satisfactory. 

Haryana:
Haryana Governor Dr AR Kidwai and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala could not exercise their votes in the Assembly polls in the State on Thursday. Chautala could not cast his vote due to a ban imposed on him by the Election Commission in 1993. Besides Rori constituency, Chautala, who is contesting from Narwana, said: "If the Commission wants to deprive me of my voting rights, what can I do about it."

18 die in Jharkhand, Bihar poll violence:
A low turnout was recorded in the Naxalite-affected areas of Jharkhand in the first phase of polling for 24 Assembly seats with the Naxalites exploding a landmine yesterday night in Malahi Tola area of Chhattarpur constituency in Palamu division, which killed seven persons, including six security personnel.

RJD in trouble in Bihar; Cong to win Haryana:
A BJP memorandum to the President alleged that the UPA Government at the Centre had hatched a plot to destabilise the BJP government in Goa.

India to upgrade research base in Antartica: Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, who is currently visiting Antarctica, announced on Wednesday that he would upgrade the unit. 

When soaring land prices led to Parrikar's downfall:
When the International Film Festival was successfully organised in Goa six months ago, no one would ever have imagined that it could have a direct co-relation with a political tsunami about to occur in the State.

India to get MiG-29s from 2007: Russia is to pitch its newly developed MiG-29M and M2 multi-role combat aircraft against the US F-16 and the French Mirage-2000.

Ceasefire violation by Pak an isolated case:The Indian Army looks upon Pakistan's two recent violations of 14-month-long ceasefire on the Line of Control as isolated cases with no backing from the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi.

I haven't made any confession, says seer's brother: Junior acharya Vijayendra Saraswati's brother Raghu said he had not given any confession statement to anyone and that a media report quoting him published a few days ago was false.

AP police kill three naxals in encounter: Maoist representatives Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao said the special task force had cornered top Maoist leaders in a hut in the Nallamalla forests.

Navy tsunami hero lands in funds fraud net: The Admiral-rank officer won kudos for his role in post-tsunami rescue and relief operations in Andaman islands. But a little greed did him in.

Was Netaji alive after Aug 18, 1945?: The Taiwan Government has informed the one-man Netaji Commission of Inquiry that there was no air crash at Taihoku on August 18, 1945, till date believed to have killed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Disclosing this to journalists here, Justice M K Mukherjee said that the Taiwan Government had confirmed to the Commission during its recent visit to that country that no plane had crashed at Taihoku between August 14 and September 20, 1945.

More Netaji stories
Russian angle: Probe unlikely


States

BJP seeks Kalam\92s intervention in Goa: A day after the Manohar Parrikar Government was dismissed, a BJP delegation led by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and including 17 MLAs from Goa today met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and demanded the immediate reinstatement of the party\92s government in Goa and recall of Governor S C Jamir for his \93unconstitutional and partisan\94 action.

Govt school in TN introduces sex education: The Kallar Government Higher Secondary School in Tamil Nadu on Thursday became the first school to introduce sex education in the state.

Singing in the train
: The last thing many people would expect Railway police personnel to do would be to break into a song, but that is just what some of them did in Bangalore.


Forward Bloc flays WB govt on liquor licensing:
The state Agriculture minister Kamal Guha Bloc minister has threatened to demolish every new liquor shop, much to the embarrassment of the CPI(M). 

Police withdraws all cases against ex-beauty queen:
The ghosts of Anara Gupta's recent past were finally exorcised on Friday when police withdrew all cases against her.

\91Modi responsible for riots in Gujarat\92: Vitthalbhai Pandya quoted his son as saying that the state government instructed the police to let justice be done to Godhra and to go soft on kar sevaks. 

Schoolboy orchestrates kidnapping for mobile phone: The boy went to Kanpur from school instead of getting back home, then made ransom calls, using caller ID the police traced his whereabouts.


Neighbours

104 feared killed in Afghan plane crash, search begins: An Afghan passenger plane missing since Thursday with 104 people on board may have crashed, a government official said on Friday.

Pressure mounts on King as parties get together:
With India and major world powers acting in tandem on Nepal's political crisis, the kingdom's fractious political parties on Friday appeared to be getting their act together.
 



Overall

Saarc meet was put off: The Indian PM said he wouldn't like to go to Dhaka in view of the security situation there.

National Conference swept Srinagar: Muncipal election results started pouring in from Jammu and Kashmir.

Muslim women formed a personal law board: But it was dubbed a publicity stunt by an older law board.