Seventh Phase of Panchayat Polls in the Book

Women line up for Panchayat poll in Khusrupur in Patna district on Wednesday.

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Patna: At least one person was killed and nearly 400 arrested during the 7th phase of the ongoing Panchayat elections in Bihar as polls were held on Wednesday at 12,237 booths in 854 panchayats under 57 blocks in 35 districts of the state.

In Patna district alone, polling was held at 28 Panchayats including 15 in Fatuha, six in Daniyawa, and seven in Khusrupur block.

Statewide, voter turnout was 65%, state election commissioner Ashok Kumar Chauhan said.

Authorities also seized three firearms, Rs. 46,000 in cash, 20 vehicles and several bottles of country-liquor from various polling booths in Samastipur, Gaya, and Kaimur districts.

One Munna Singh died of bullet injuries after rival gang members opened fire at him near Booth Number 275 in Lalganj block in Vaishali district, officials said.

Polling was cancelled from Booth Number 378 to Booth Number 392 in Samastipur district due to printing errors on the ballot papers, Chauhan said.

Polling for Panchayat Mukhias are being held statewide in ten phases.


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