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Land mine blast kills 5 during India's elections

 An Indian paramilitary soldier looks at one of the trucks torched by suspected communist rebels near Gaya, a town in Bihar state, India, Wednesday, A...
 A boy stands outside the Utari Road railway station building damaged in an explosion after an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in Jharkhand state, I...
 Varun Gandhi, center, a candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and the great-grandson of India's first prime minister, after filin...
 Indian Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside a polling booth, ahead of the second phase of India�s general elections, in Allahabad, India, Wednes...
 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur show their marked fingers to media after casting their votes in Gauhati, India, Thursday...
 A Hindu holy man poses for the media after casting his vote in Ayodhya, India, Thursday, April 23, 2009. Suspected communist rebels used a homemade b...
 Women voters queue to cast their vote in Ayodhya, India, Thursday, April 23, 2009.Backdrop depicts Indian flag, and a prayer and song.(AP Photo/Gurin...
 Congress party President Sonia Gandhi reacts as she  tries new headgear, offered to her by others,  during an election rally in Ratlam in the central...
 Security personnel look on at the site of a landmine blast by suspected Naxalites in Champaran district, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Thursd...

India Elections

An Indian paramilitary soldier looks at one of the trucks torched by suspected communist rebels near Gaya, a town in Bihar state, India, Wednesday, A...

India Elections

A boy stands outside the Utari Road railway station building damaged in an explosion after an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in Jharkhand state, I...

India Elections

Varun Gandhi, center, a candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and the great-grandson of India's first prime minister, after filin...

India Elections

Indian Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside a polling booth, ahead of the second phase of India�s general elections, in Allahabad, India, Wednes...

India Elections

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur show their marked fingers to media after casting their votes in Gauhati, India, Thursday...

India Elections

A Hindu holy man poses for the media after casting his vote in Ayodhya, India, Thursday, April 23, 2009. Suspected communist rebels used a homemade b...

India Elections

Women voters queue to cast their vote in Ayodhya, India, Thursday, April 23, 2009.Backdrop depicts Indian flag, and a prayer and song.(AP Photo/Gurin...

India Elections

Congress party President Sonia Gandhi reacts as she tries new headgear, offered to her by others, during an election rally in Ratlam in the central...

India Elections

Security personnel look on at the site of a landmine blast by suspected Naxalites in Champaran district, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Thursd...

Suspected communist rebels aiming to disrupt India's parliamentary elections blew up a jeep carrying polling officials in eastern India, killing five people as part of a wave of violence that has left at least 22 dead, officials said Friday.
Thursday's land mine attack in Bihar state came just after voting ended in the eastern strongholds of communist guerrillas who have fought for decades, claiming to defend the rights of poor farmers and landless workers. They often attack police, landlords and local politicians, as well as poor villagers they accuse of working with authorities.
The rebels, who claim to be inspired by Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, threatened to kill citizens participating in the election, which they dismiss as a "fake exercise."
Four police officers and one election official died and the jeep driver was hospitalized with serious injuries in the Muzzafarpur district, nearly 45 miles (75 kilometers) east of the Bihar state capital of Patna, said police official Neelmani, who uses one name. They were returning to their headquarters with electronic voting machines and other election materials.
The attackers fled, Neelmani said.
At least 17 people were killed by suspected insurgents last week in the first round of voting in central and eastern India.
A brutal heat wave sweeping much of India, together with threats of violence from the communist guerillas, kept millions away from the polls during Thursday's second round of voting. India's five phases of voting will end May 13.
Results are expected May 16. With more than 700 million voters, India normally holds staggered elections for logistic and security reasons.
Polls indicate neither the Congress party, which leads the governing coalition, nor the main opposition, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, will win enough seats in the 543-seat lower house of Parliament to rule on their own.
That means the election will likely leave India with a shaky coalition government cobbled together from across the political spectrum _ a situation giving the next prime minister little time to deal with a growing number of challenges like the economic crisis.
Turnout, initially high as voters headed to polling stations early Thursday, slowed as summertime temperatures touched 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 Celsius). The intense heat caused the death of one election official and hospitalization of another in the eastern state of Orissa, said Prabhakar Sahu, a spokesman for the election commission.
Also Thursday, a magistrate and a police officer were wounded in an attack on their jeep in Jharkhand state, said state spokesman S.P. Pradhan.
Separately, nearly 20 suspected Maoist rebels burned four jeeps loaded with voting machines and other election materials outside a polling station in Jharkhand state, said police Superintendent Navin Kumar Singh.
Many in the state said the threats persuaded them not to vote.
"I don't want to annoy them. They can harm me and my business," said Anil Agarwal, a businessman in the town of Giridh. Officials said turnout in Jharkhand was about 50 percent, and only 45 percent in the neighboring state of Bihar.


Updated : 2021-10-22 16:51 GMT+08:00