Suspected explosive device detected in Duliajan, 25% turnout till 11 am

A suspected improvised explosive device (IED) was detected near an oil pipeline passing through a tea garden at Duliajan under Dibrugarh district, a police official said on Thursday.

The official said that police and security forces have rushed to the spot.

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Dibrugarh, along with 4 other parliamentary constituencies in Assam, are voting on Thursday. An estimated 25 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling on Thursday in the five parliamentary constituencies in Assam, amid reports of EVM glitches in a few booths and an IED being detected at an oil pipeline.

Tezpur recorded a maximum of 28 per cent votes till 11am while Lakhimpur recorded 22 per cent polling. Kaliabor recorded 26 per cent, Jorhat 25 per cent and Dibrugarh recorded 24 per cent till 11am on Thursday.

The Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies have an electorate of 76,03,458, including 38,65,334 male, 37,37,970 female and 154 of the third gender, who will decide the fate of 41 candidates.