Panchayat poll candidate raped, murdered

May 21st, 2011 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, May 21 (IANS) A candidate in the Bihar panchayat polls was allegedly raped and murdered here Saturday, police said. Three people have been arrested.

The body of Rekha Devi, 30, was found Saturday in a field in Lahariyachak near Patna’s Phulwarisharief, according to the police.

Police suspect political rivalry as a possible motive behind the murder.

Polling in five districts was postponed due to the fear of Maoist violence.

The multi-phased polls for 262,000 panchayat posts in 37 districts of Bihar will end with vote counting May 28.

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