Sat, 28 Jan 2012 16:41:33 GMT

Five killed in Manipur poll violence

At least five people, including a suspected Naga militant, were killed in violence during the Manipur assembly polls Saturday that started on a peaceful note. The state recorded 65 percent polling till 3.45 p.m.

Five killed in Manipur poll violence

The state election office said that although the polling was supposed to end at 3 p.m., they would wait till those already in queues outside the booths had cast their votes.

A group of armed militants tried to capture a polling booth in remote Chakpi Karong village in Chandel district but were thwarted by security personnel who resorted to firing. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was killed and four others were seriously injured in the ensuing gun battle.

The injured, who included a suspected Naga militant and a woman, succumbed on way to the hospital. Barring the militant, the other three were polling officials deployed at the booth.

Polling started at 7 a.m. and continued peacefully till noon with people turning out in huge numbers to elect a 60-member assembly despite a string of bomb blasts during the past one week.

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