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Heavy security as India goes to polls

Politics | | April 16, 2009, 12:15 pm
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Security personnel wait with electronic voting machines to be transported to a polling booth at Gaya, Bihar. Heavily armed Maoist rebels attacked a paramilitary camp in the state set up for the elections, wounding one soldier.

Security personnel wait with electronic voting machines to be transported to a polling booth at Gaya, Bihar. Heavily armed Maoist rebels attacked a paramilitary camp in the state set up for the elections, wounding one soldier.

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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in front of a church in Raikia, in Kandhamal district of Orissa. The district witnessed large scale violence against Christians last year following the killing of a Hindu religious leader in August, 2008. Heavy security and special transportation arrangements have been made with permission of the Election Commission to enable as many as 3,000 riot victims - who are still in relief camps - to vote.

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in front of a church in Raikia, in Kandhamal district of Orissa. The district witnessed large scale violence against Christians last year following the killing of a Hindu religious leader in August, 2008. Heavy security and special transportation arrangements have been made with permission of the Election Commission to enable as many as 3,000 riot victims - who are still in relief camps - to vote.

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The Rapid Action Force is seen before leaving for polling booths to ensure free and fair elections in Kannur on Wednesday.

The Rapid Action Force is seen before leaving for polling booths to ensure free and fair elections in Kannur on Wednesday.

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Paramilitary personnel leave for polling booths on the eve of polling in the Naxal-hit areas of Jehanabad on Wednesday.

Paramilitary personnel leave for polling booths on the eve of polling in the Naxal-hit areas of Jehanabad on Wednesday.

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Paramilitary personnel escort poll officials on their way to polling booths for the first phase of general elections in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Paramilitary personnel escort poll officials on their way to polling booths for the first phase of general elections in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

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Security personnel checking vehicles on the eve of elections at Diphu in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on Wednesday.

Security personnel checking vehicles on the eve of elections at Diphu in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on Wednesday.

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A security personnel helps carry voting machines to a vehicle to be transported to a polling booth at Gaya, Bihar. April 16 will mark the first day of a five phase general elections in India. Thousands of troops fanned out across parts of India on Wednesday, a day ahead of elections to determine who will lead the country as the global economic slump threatens to undo two decades of growth.

A security personnel helps carry voting machines to a vehicle to be transported to a polling booth at Gaya, Bihar. April 16 will mark the first day of a five phase general elections in India. Thousands of troops fanned out across parts of India on Wednesday, a day ahead of elections to determine who will lead the country as the global economic slump threatens to undo two decades of growth.

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Electronic voting machines are laid out as a security personnel sleeps while waiting for a vehicle to be transported to his allotted polling booth at a voting machine disbursement center in Gaya, Bihar.

Electronic voting machines are laid out as a security personnel sleeps while waiting for a vehicle to be transported to his allotted polling booth at a voting machine disbursement center in Gaya, Bihar.

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Polling officers check electric voting machines to be used in the first phase of elections as security personnel stand guard in Jammu.

Polling officers check electric voting machines to be used in the first phase of elections as security personnel stand guard in Jammu.

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Polling officers check electric voting machines to be used in the first phase of elections in Hyderabad.

Polling officers check electric voting machines to be used in the first phase of elections in Hyderabad.