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Poll violence: 5 killed in MP, Naxals strike in Chhattisgarh

Five persons were killed and 24 injured in violence during assembly polls in MP. Violence was also reported in Chh'garh and Rajasthan.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2003 01:55 IST

Five persons, including a woman, were killed and more than 24 injured in poll-related violence and communal clashes during assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. Sporadic violence was also reported in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

Curfew was imposed in the Chhatripura area of Indore (MP) following clashes between two communities and arson over poll-related disputes. In Chhattisgarh, Naxalites traded gunfire with the police and snatched EVMs at some polling booths in Bastar region. The Naxalites had issued a poll-boycott call.

The Election Commission ordered repolling in 70 polling stations on December 3 in Madhya Pradesh (23), Rajasthan (12) and Chhattisgarh (35) where voting was disrupted.

Madhya Pradesh bore the brunt of poll-related violence claiming five lives in Bhind district. A woman was caught in the crossfire between two rival groups while four men were killed in clashes.

Naxalites of the People's War Group snatched EVMs in the Bijapur assembly constituency, triggering an exchange of fire with the police. They reportedly also took hostage the polling parties of two booths from this constituency.

Deputy Election Commissioner A.N. Jha said stray incidents of violence and booth capturing were reported from all states except Delhi.

Meanwhile, polling for the bye-election in the Jamalpur assembly constituency in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, passed off peacefully amidst heavy security arrangements.

The Jamalpur seat fell vacant after the death of Congress legislator Usmangani Devdiwala on October 5.

Another by-poll, to the Thiruvalla assembly seat in Kerala, also passed off peacefully with brisk polling reported in the first four hours.

First Published: Dec 02, 2003 01:55 IST