More than 55 percent of the nearly 200 million voters today exercised their franchise in the second phase of Lok Sabha polling across 12 states which was by and large peaceful barring stray violence in Naxal-infested areas Jharkhand and Bihar.
Two poll officials and a magistrate had a narrow escape when Maoists carried out blasts in Bihar and Jharkhand where security forces repulsed a Naxalite bid to disrupt the second phase of elections after a fierce hour-long gunbattle.
Image: Voters line up to cast their votes at a polling station in Mahanadi Vihar, approximately 40 km away from Bhubaneswar, on Thursday.
Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters
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