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Bihar Assembly Elections: 56.02% polling reported till 5 pm, brother of RJD supporter gunned down in Purnea

The poll body also informed that the Saturday polling was by and large peaceful barring a few incidents of violence.

SNS | New Delhi |

The Election Commission of India (ECI), on Saturday, announced that 54.06 per cent polling was registered in 78 constituencies in 15 districts till 5 pm in the third and final phase of the elections to the Bihar Assembly.

Kishanganj, a Muslim-dominated area, witnessed 59.77 per cent polling, Supaul witnessed 57.90 polling, Saharsa 55.73, Purnea 55.63, East Champaran 54.78, Sitamarhi 52.27, Araria 50.90, Madhepura 54.03, Muzaffarpur 54.54, Darbhanga 55.03, Samastipur 52.76 and Vaishali witnessed 49.97 per cent polling till 5 pm.

The poll body also informed that the Saturday polling was by and large peaceful barring a few incidents of violence including one from Purnea district. Beni Singh, the younger brother of RJD supporter Bittu Singh, was gunned down in Damdaha Assembly constituency in Purnea district by unidentified assailants, police said.

Beni Singh was moving from booth to booth in the constituency while polling was on in the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections during the day. As he came out of a polling booth in Sarsi village, three to four assailants fired at him indiscriminately, killing him on the spot.

Reports of violence also came in from Katihar district as well while polling was underway. Men of the paramilitary forces lathi-charged a crowd at booth number 86 in Kodha Assembly constituency after voters turned out in large numbers to vote.

Two persons were injured in a skirmish when the paramilitary forces baton-charged an unruly crowd to disperse it. They were discharged after preliminary treatment at an area hospital. This happened after some antisocial elements mingled with the voters to create a ruckus, leading to chaos at the polling booth, said the officials.

All eyes are now on the exit polls that will start coming in shortly and give a rough idea of who might be forming the next government in Bihar.

The first phase of voting took place on October 28 and the second phase on November 3. The results will be declared on November 10.