Patna: Six landmines found ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Patna:  Six landmines planted by Maoists in Gaya Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar were found on Tuesday, a day after three troopers were killed while trying to defuse an explosive device, police said.

Three CRPF troopers were killed in Aurangabad district on Monday when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up while they were defusing it.

On Tuesday, a team of CRPF detected six landmines planted near Tandwa in Gaya.

"Four landmines were defused and CRPF officials are trying to defuse the remaining two," a police official said.

Meanwhile, a report spoke about a shootout between police and Maoists in Jamui parliamentary constituency on Tuesday morning, but no casualty has been reported so far.

Police on Monday also recovered two cane bombs weighing 20 kg each in Gaya during a search operation.

Bihar will see a six-phase polling, beginning on April 10. Gaya along with five Maoist-affected constituencies - Aurangabad, Sasaram, Jamui, Nawada and Karakat - will vote that day.

Police said Maoists have called for a boycott of the Lok Sabha election and had placed the landmines to create panic.

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