Ballot power v/s Bullet power: Indian state votes amid violence
The carnival of democracy ie. election , begun in India.Worlds biggest democracy is facing the threat of Maoist fighetrs ,as they have bycotted the election in tribal areas and not allowing people to excercise there most fundamental right.This led to the heavy clashes between the security forces and maoists.
The beginning of a crucial round of state elections in India has been marred by outbreaks of violence.
Maoist rebels have snatched voting machines, kidnapped polling officials and set off a landmine in the central state of Chattisgarh, police say.
The police say that they have had gun battles with rebels in at least six places in the state.
The election is the first in a series of votes that may determine whether the government calls an early general poll.
A general election must be held by May but could be called earlier.
Voting in six mostly central and western states will take place over six weeks, amid signs of economic slowdown.