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Bihar panchayat polls: Candidate’s hubby bombed to death during filing of nomination papers


PATNA: The ongoing panchayat elections in Bihar are slowly turning bloodier. In a fresh incident, a Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) chairman Arjun Yadav was today bombed to death in Jamui district of Bihar, causing panic in the areas.

Police said the victim, also a former Mukhia (village head), had gone to help his wife file nomination papers for the post of Mukhia in Chakai block when the criminals attacked him with bombs, leaving him dead on the spot. The incident took place barely few meters from the nomination site, sending panic waves in the areas. Police are conducting raids to nab the criminals.

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Reports said the attack was aimed at forcing his family out of the contest to make way for his rivals. It’s, however, not known who were involved in the grisly act although the police are investigating the case.

This is the second poll-related killing in the state since the nominations for the 10-phased panchayat elections began on Thursday.

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Earlier on Thursday night, a Communist Party of India (Marxist-Lenninist) leader Sanjay Chaurasia was hacked to death by criminals in Siwan district. The victim was serving as the panchayat secretary of the party. According to victim’s brother Nirmal Chaurasia, the killing was aimed at stopping him contest the panchayat elections.

The panchayat elections are being held for a total of 258,000 posts which include 8,392 Mukhia, 1,161 district council members and 114,733 each Panchayat Samiti members and Gram Panchayat members.

In the past three days since the nominations began on Thursday, more than 13,000 candidates have filed nominations for various posts of Panchayat bodies which are said to be the first major step towards grooming their political career and prepare them for a big role in politics.

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