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Repoll in 2 Dumka booths tomorrow

Ranchi, April 26: Repoll in two booths of Dumka constituency will be held on Monday (April 24), the Election Commission decided today after it was forced to cancel voting there due to Thursday’s Maoist ambush that left eight persons dead.

As soon as a fax from the commission reached the residence of Dumka deputy commissioner Harsh Mangala, district authorities swung into action to prepare for the repoll.

The Maoist attack on a two-vehicle convoy of a bus and van ferrying poll officials and security forces killed eight persons, including policemen from Bihar, and injured 11.

EVMs of booths 100 (Asna) and 101 (Jamkandar) in Shikaripara were damaged, leading the commission to cancel the vote.

“We have already chalked out our plans. Now that we have got the nod, poll officials will be sent from Dumka headquarters. We are not supposed to disclose their names but they have been identified and informed,” said Dumka sub- division officer Sudhir Kumar.

Nine of the injured, who are being treated at Ranchi’s Apollo Hospitals and RIMS, are stable.

Chief minister Hemant Soren, it is learnt, is working out modalities to fix compensation packages for those injured and the next of kin of the dead.

“Hemant wants to ensure that the family of bus khalasi Dilip Mirdah gets the same amount (Rs 20 lakh) that dependants of deceased government officials are entitled to. He has asked officials to look into the paper work,” said Sunil Kumar Shrivastava, the chief minister’s secretary.