Polling for the first phase of elections to Lok Sabha began today at 7.00 am. However, it was marred by a violent note with naxals striking in Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Bihar killing 9 people. There had been a study trickle of voters at all ballot booths across 17 states and union territories.
As soon as the polling began in Jharkhand, naxals struck at a BSF bus in Latehar district in which five BSF personnel and two civilians were killed.
Naxals also struck at polling booths in Chhattisgarh, triggering IED blasts and exchanging fire with security forces in Dantewada and Narainpur regions. There were no immediate report of any casualties.