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Four killed, candidate injured in Bihar

PATNA, APRIL 20. Four persons, including two RJD supporters and a constable were killed and several others, including a JD(U) candidate, Sushil Kumar Singh, injured as violence marred polling in 11 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, where the turnout was 55 to 60 per cent.

Incidents of police firing, bomb explosions, clashes and booth-capturing were reported during the polling, held in the face of a poll boycott call by two naxalite outfits.

A JD(U) activist, Surya Deo Sharma, was gunned down allegedly by CPI(ML) supporters in front of a booth at Tendwa village in Jehanabad district, police said.

Mr. Singh, JD(U) MLA and candidate for Aurangabad, and his three supporters were injured when Congress workers allegedly threw stones on them while trying to capture a booth. Mr. Singh, who suffered head injuries, was admitted to hospital.

The RJD nominee for Patna, Ramkripal Yadav, escaped unhurt when miscreants exploded bombs near his vehicle in the Patna City locality. Mr. Yadav accused the BJP of having masterminded the attack.

Bodies of two RJD activists were recovered by police from railway tracks in Nawada LS constituency just before the poll began. They had been abducted last night.

Among the prominent candidates in the fray are: Railway Minister, Nitish Kumar (Barh and Nalanda), C.P. Thakur (Patna), Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Sanjay Paswan (Nawada), former Delhi Police Commissioner, Nikhil Kumar, and Meira Kumar (both Congress).

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