Jharkhand Assembly polls: Polling concluded in 18 seats amid incidents of violence

Over 60% of electorate cast their votes, polling for two constituencies continues

Polling for two constituencies - East and West Jamshedpur will conclude at 5 pm.

Polling concluded in 18 of the 20 Assembly seats amid a few incidents of violence

Polling concluded in 18 of the 20 Assembly seats amid a few incidents of violence in the second phase of the Jharkhand Assembly polls.

The initial reports said that the polling percentage was over 55 till 3 pm The final voter turn out percentage will come after polling concludes in two more Assembly seats at 5 pm

The polling which started at 7 am ended at 3 p.m. on 18 Assembly seats. The voting in Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West two Assembly seats will conclude at 5 pm.

(IANS report)

Polling cancelled at booth no 36 at Charda in Sisai constituency after death of voter and injuries to two others in police firing

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Murari Lal Meena said the man was killed when personnel of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) fired on the assailants near booth number 36 in Sisai constituency.

The injured persons have been admitted to hospital, said Meena, who is also the nodal officer for assembly election-related security measures.

Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said the incident is being probed and polling in the booth has been stopped.

Voter turnout till 2 pm estimated to be 45.41%: EC

Naxalites torched an empty bus near Jojo Hatu village in West Singhbhum: Superintendent of Police

In West Singhbhum district, Naxalites torched an empty bus near Jojo Hatu village in Chaibasa constituency, Superintendent of Police Inderjeet Mahata said.

The ADGP, however, said polling is continuing peacefully and there is no other report of any untoward incident so far.

Jharkhand witnessed 28.51% voting till 11 am

The highest voting has been recorded at Majhgao assembly seat with 36.73 per cent

One killed, two injured in police firing on mob at Bathni village polling centre

One person was killed and two others injured in a police firing on unruly mob at Bathni village polling centre (booth no 32) under Sisai constituency of Gumla district on Saturday noon, reports The Free Press Journal's Law Kumar Mishra.

A sub-inspector of police was injured in stone pelting at the booth.

13.03% voter turnout till 9 am

Till 9 am, the state had seen 13.03% turnout. The highest polling has been recorded in the Sraikel Assembly seat with 15.66% and lowest at Kolebira with 8.5%.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das cast his vote at Booth No 21 of Bhaluwasa Middle School at Jamshedpur

Chief Minister Raghubar Das is contesting from the Jamshedpur East seat, where he is pitted against former cabinet colleague Saryu Rai and Congress spokesperson Gaurabh Vallabh.

Earlier on Saturday morning the Chief Minister cast his vote at Booth No 21 of Bhaluwasa middle school at Jamshedpur, reports Law Kumar Mishra. Rival candidate Rai had voted earlier.

For 20 Assembly seats, there are a total 260 candidates whose fate will be decided by 48,25,038 voters including 23,93,437 women and 90 third gender. Voting is taking place in 6,066 polling booths of which 1,016 are located in urban areas and rest in rural areas.

Police sources said that more than 40,000 security forces have been deployed in the second phase which is taking place in Maoist affected areas.

Of the 20 seats, 16 are reserved for the Schedule Tribe (ST) and one for Schedule Caste (SC).