No Maoist violence in third phase of Indian election

April 30th, 2009 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The third phase of Lok Sabha elections Thursday was largely free of extremist violence, unlike the previous phases, the Election Commission said here.
“There were many polling booths under the the 10 Naxal-affected parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal (7) and Bihar (3),” Deputy Election Commissioner R. Balakrishnan told reporters.

“In West Bengal some parliamentary constituencies were affected by the leftwing extremism. In Lalgarh some arrangements were made to relocate the polling stations. By and large, the election process was absolutely peaceful,” he said.

Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured in a low-intensity landmine blast at Balarampur in West Bengal.

During the April 19 first phase polling, at least 19 people, mainly policemen, were killed in Maoist violence across three contiguous states in eastern India.

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