Maoists blow up bridge in Jharkhand

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Ranchi: Maoists on Saturday in an attempt to intimidate voters during the first phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections underway in 13 districts, blew up a bridge in Gumla, just before polling began, police said.

This bridge ran between Ghaghra-Kathkothwa highway and after Moaists found that there threats to boycott the polling process was not being adhered to by the public, the insurgents carried out the attack.

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According to officials, poling has not been affected due to blast. Jharkhand has witnessed 11.02 per cent polling till 9 a.m., with the highest being at Lathear assembly seat with 13.23 per cent. The Maoists had killed four cops in Latehar just a few days back.

Polling will continue till 3 p.m.

(IANS)

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