Muzaffarnagar — Indians began voting in the first phase of a mammoth general election on Thursday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term after campaigning strongly on his national security record following a flare-up in tensions with Pakistan. Reuters reporters saw long queues outside many polling stations. The Indian election commission said voters were turning out in large numbers in an eastern district where Maoist insurgents were blamed for a bomb attack on Tuesday, which killed a state legislator from Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and four security officials. Two people were also killed on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim majority state, prompting authorities to increase security even further. Shadab Ali, a first-time voter in the volatile Muzaffarnagar constituency in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, queued with a group of friends at a polling station set up in a primary school. Hindu-Muslim riots there kille...

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