Five on-duty poll officials die (Lead)

April 23rd, 2009 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal/Bangalore, April 23 (IANS) Four officials in Madhya Pradesh have died, possibly due to heat stroke, while they were on poll duty, and one poll official in Karnataka died after a heart attack, officials said Thursday.
“While two employees died in Bhopal Wednesday, one each died in Shahdol and Hoshangabad Thursday,” Additional Electoral Officer Sanjay Pandey said in the Madhya pradesh capital.

“Though the exact reason behind the deaths is not known, heat stroke appears to have been the cause,” he said.

T.V. Krishnappa, a micro observer in the Chickballapur Lok Sabha constituency in Karnataka, died Thursday while on polling duty at Nelamangala in Bangalore Rural district due to a heart attack, a senior poll official said.

“Krishnappa, a bank clerk, posted as micro observer at the Gaddalihalli polling station (108) in Nelamangala tehsil, complained of uneasiness and chest pain while on duty. He was rushed to a private hospital in Nelamangala where he collapsed and was declared dead by doctors,” Bangalore Rural deputy commissioner R.K. Raju told IANS.

Though the polling station is located in Bangalore Rural district, 20 km from the Karnataka capital, re-drawing of constituencies led to the shifting of Nelamangala segment from Bangalore Rural constituency to Chickballapur constituency.

“Krishnappa was working under the constituency observer looking after poll expenditure of candidates. We have expressed condolence to his bereaved family residing in Kanakapura,” Raju added.

Krishnappa was working in Corporation Bank’s branch at Kanakapura, about 40 km from Bangalore.

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