Naxals on Saturday blew up a bridge in Jharkhand's Gumla district amid the Assembly elections in the state. Deputy Commissioner Shashi Ranjan said that the voting was not affected, adding that no injuries have reported. Voting began in 13 constituencies of Jharkhand for the first phase of the Assembly elections on Saturday.
In another incident, an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter mistakenly dropped a team of polling personnel from Jharkhand in the neighboring state of Chhattisgarh. The polling personnel included nine presiding officers and nine first polling officers. "They're all safe and brought back to Jharkhand," an official said. The first phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections is being held today.
The Latehar district administration had despatched 18 members of nine polling parties for Chatakpur cluster center in Manika assembly constituency, which is among the 13 assembly constituencies in Latehar, Palamu, Garhwa, Chatra, Lohardaga and Gumla districts where voting had scheduled to take place on November 30. The polling personnel included nine presiding officers and nine first polling officers for nine polling stations in the area. Manika constituency had a total of 321 polling stations.