Patna: The sixth phase of Bihar Panchayat elections concluded on Friday amid stray incidents of violence. Around 62.37 percent voting was registered in the state.

Around 1024 miscreants were arrested who were trying to rig the poll, sources said.

Katihar and Kishanganj registered 75 percent voting whereas Sheikhpura recorded the lowest turnout at 51.5 percent.

People exercised their franchise across 58 blocks in 38 districts at 12683 polling booths.

The sixth phase was held for 28,057 positions for village heads, Sarpanch, Panch, Gram Panchayat member, Panchayat samiti members and Zilla Parishad members.

State Election Commissioner JK Dutta said that police aborted the attempt of 29 miscreants who were trying to cast bogus votes in Maya Bigha Village under Madanpur Village.

The hooligans then attacked the police and tried to snatch weapons from them. The Police fired 12 rounds but no one was reportedly injured.

Dutta said that patrolling magistrate, Amod Kumar Mandal was arrested after he was found taking meal in the house of a mukhiya candidate, Vinod Kumar, at Parihar block in Sitamarhi district.

Kumar's uncle Shankar Thakur was also arrested, he said.Ward candidate Shankar Kumar was arrested at Muraul in Muzaffarpur district with Rs 50,000 cash.

The police fired teargas shells to disperse a mob at booth numbers 1 and 2 under Narpatganj police station area in Araria district after a group clashed with the cops.

In Gaya district, brother of a mukhiya candidate was injured when he was attacked by a rival group from the village at booth number 121 and 122 under Konch police station area.

JPN/Bureau