The third phase of polling witnessed tragic incidents in Kerala. As the polling for 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state is underway, several people who lined up to cast their vote have collapsed and died. Two polling officers, too, reportedly collapsed while on duty and are have been shifted to hospital.
In several constituencies, voters had started lining up at polling booths even before polling started at 7 am on Tuesday. Though there were light showers in some parts of Kerala, the state is experiencing sweltering summer heat.
Kannur constituency reported two deaths. Venugopal Marar who cast his vote collapsed after reaching home. Though he was rushed to the hospital immediately, it was too late and he was declared dead.
Mudoli Vijayi, a 65-year-old woman, collapsed and died as she was standing in the queue at the polling booth Chokli Ramavilasam School in Vadakara.
In Kollam constituency, a 63-year-old man, identified as Mani, could not find his name in the voter’s list and was discussing the same with the polling officials at the Kilikollur LP School in Eravipuram constituency when he fainted. He later died while being taken to hospital.
Thressyakkutti (87) from Parappuram fainted in a booth near Kalady in Ernakulam constituency. She was getting a voting slip and entering the room when she collapsed. She was taken to a private hospital in Kanjoor but died on the way.
Chacko Mathai (86) from Pezhumpara near Ranni in Pathanamthitta constituency died as soon as he entered the polling booth to vote in Vadasserikkara panchayat in Pezhumpara.
Polling officers collapse
According to Manorama News, two polling officers, too, collapsed while on duty. A polling officer, who was on duty at the Enadimangalam Chalayodu UP School booth number 143, collapsed. Pranukumar, a polling official at deployed at Peralassery LPS booth 69, fainted following a seizure and was shifted to hospital.