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47 per cent voting in Bihar till 3 pm

Minor incidents of clashes between RJD and BJP workers and explosion of low intensity bombs in two places were reported so far.

About 47 per cent voting was registered till 3:00 pm on Wednesday in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar in the fifth phase of elections in the State.

Sheohar registered 50 per cent voting, Sitamarhi 47 per cent, Muzaffarpur 51 per cent, Maharajganj 45 per cent, Saran 45 per cent, Hajipur (SC reserved) 43.2 per cent and Ujiyarpur 48 per cent, the Election Office statement said.

In Saran, a bomb was found about 500 metres from a polling station in Marhaura, which was defused.

There were reports of fracas between workers of RJD and BJP in Sonepur Assembly area which was part of Saran Lok Sabha constituency.

In Muzaffarpur, two low intensity bombs exploded in a field in Karathua village near a booth, police sources said.

Among the 118 candidates in the fray are LJP president Ramvilas Paswan from Hajipur, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi of RJD and Rajiv Pratap Rudy of BJP from Saran.

In Hajipur, a 100—year—old man was brought on a charpoy to a polling station to vote.

In Samastipur, people were seen going on horse and elephant back to cast their votes.

Bypoll for the two Assembly seats of Chiraia and Maharajganj was also underway.

Altogether 66,211 security personnel were manning polling stations while the Indo—Nepal border was sealed. Two helicopters were carrying out aerial surveillance.

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