Patna: An estimated 30 to 32% voters cast their ballot so far in 13 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in a violence-marred first phase of poll.
Chief electoral officer Sudhir Rakesh told PTI that an estimated 30 to 32% electors turned up to cast their votes till afternoon.
Long queues of voters were seen at polling centres in Gopalganj, Maharajganj, Ara, Gaya, Buxar, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Nawada, Saran, Sasaram, Siwan, Karakat and Jamui.
A homeguard, Ramdeo Khair, and a district armed policeman, Vishambhar Choudhary, were killed and a woman was seriously injured, when Maoists attacked a polling station at Singhpur village in Gaya district soon after polling began.
Shambhu Singh, the Jamui district JD(U) chief, his associate and district 20-point programme committee member Subodh Kesri, escaped unhurt when Maoists, detonated two landmines near Narganjo village. Their driver suffered minor chest injuries.
The rebels snatched away four rifles, besides EVMs and ammunition at a village, about 70 km from Gaya, DIG (Magadh range) Anupama Nilekar told PTI. Around 100 heavily armed Maoists raided booth number 167 at Koryari in Rohtas district to disrupt polling, police sources said.
People boycotted the elections at some booths in naxal-infested Jamui, Jehanabad, Gaya and Sasaram.
Polling was also reported to be boycotted in Panka Pahariya village in Kaimur district for alleged lack of development in the area.