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Polling claims 9 lives on April 24th leg

The death toll from violence during polling on April 24th in India rose to nine as millions of people from 11 states in India voted for the second-biggest day of election 2014. Rebels killed five paramilitary soldiers and four polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states. Maoist insurgents triggered a roadside land mine blast and then fired at those going in one of the buses near Shikaripada, a village in eastern Jharkhand state. Five paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials carrying voting machines were killed in the attack.

Suspected rebels also fatally shot an Indian poll official and wounded four other people in an attack on another bus in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir in the north. With 814 million eligible voters India is voting in phases over six weeks in April and May. Voting covered 117 parliamentary seats across 11 states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. In Kashmir a deadly attack wounded a poll officer, two paramilitary soldiers and a policeman in a district about 65 kilometers south of Srinagar. Nine paramilitary soldiers, three policemen and a polling officer were injured in an attack by protesters in the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir elects only six members of the 543-member Indian Parliament.

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