In clashes during the second round of the Assembly elections in Manipur on Saturday, at least two persons were murdered and a few more were injured. One person was killed and another was injured in police shooting at Karong in Senapati district, according to police, while a BJP activist died from his injuries in Thoubal district. Police had to open fire at Karong when some persons tried to seize an EVM from a polling station, assaulting polling staff, according to a police officer.
In a separate incident in Thoubal district, some BJP activists went to the home of a Congress worker late on Friday night, and after an altercation, the Congress worker allegedly fired at the BJP activists, injuring a few of them. They were taken to the hospital, where one person died from his injuries on Saturday.
Activists from various political parties battled in Mao, Moreh, and other locations, according to election and police authorities, momentarily suspending voting. In many locations, political parties are accusing one other of interfering with free and fair elections. However, more information on these instances is expected.
Men, women, and first-time voters lined up in significant numbers in front of polling places in six electoral districts long before voting began at 7 a.m. In the 22 assembly seats where polling will continue until 4 p.m. without interruption, over 68 percent of people had voted till 3 p.m., according to election authorities.
In the second phase, more than 20,000 Central paramilitary force troops have been deployed in the six electoral districts of Thoubal, Jiribam, Chandel, Ukhrul, Senapati, and Tamenglong, according to authorities. According to the election official, 17 of the 92 candidates had criminal records.