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Poll violence death toll in Assam hits 22

Two persons were on Friday killed and 11 others seriously injured in firing by security men and clashes at a panchayat vote counting centre in Assam's Hatsingimari subdivision where indefinite curfew has been imposed.

‘Indefinite curfew has been imposed in Hatsingimari subdivision and counting of votes stopped there,’ district deputy commissioner Kumud Kalit said on Friday.

The supporters of contestants attacked police and BSF men at a counting centre in Hatsingimari subdivision, under Mancachar assembly constituency in Dhubri district, alleging that the the process for counting was delayed, official sources said.

The angry supporters attacked the security personnel by pelting stones at them and the vote counting personnel leading to a chaotic situation, the sources said.

The irate protesters were lathicharged but when the situation turned violent, security forces opened fire to quell the mob.

Two persons died on the spot and seven others were critically wounded, sources said and added four security men were also seriously wounded in the clash and admitted to hospital.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notices to the Union Home Secratary and Assam DGP asking them to submit a report with regard to deaths due to violent clashes during panchayat polls in the state.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, NHRC asked the authorities to submit reports in the matter within four weeks, an NHRC press release said.

According to the media report, several persons died in violent clashes over panchayat polls in the state, and many out of them had reportedly died in police firing and the rest in clashes between people who were opposed to the elections and those who supported it at different places, the release said.

Reportedly, the mob armed with lathis and iron rods blocked roads and attacked polling parties. The mob targeted the police and other paramilitary forces when they went to stop the violence, it said.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights.

The death toll was at a twenty on Thursday.
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