Lok Sabha elections: 9 voters die during polling in intense heat in Kerala

Voters queue up in front of a polling booth at Chelannur in Kozhikode. Photo for representational purpose: Manorama

Palakkad: Nine persons died during polling for the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala on Friday.

At Thenkurissi in Palakkad, a 32-year-old man collapsed and died. The deceased was identified as S Sabari.

A 68-year-old man collapsed and died after casting his vote at Vani Vilasini in Chunangad, Ottapalam here on Friday. The deceased Chandran (68) hailed from Modernkattil in Chunangad. He was declared dead at the Ottapalam Taluk Hospital.

Another voter, Kumbottayil Kandan (73) from Vilayodi, collapsed and died while resting post-voting. Palakkad recorded a high temperature of 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

A Madrassa teacher, who came home after voting, collapsed and died. The deceased Alikkannakkal Tharakkal Siddhique (63) was the first voter at the polling station in Vallikkanjiram School at Niramaruthur Grama Panchayat in Tirur.

Kakkazham Veiliparambu Somarajan (82), who voted and returned home from the Kakkazham SN VT High School in Alappuzha also collapsed and died. He was a voter from booth 138.

A polling agent died after collapsing at a booth in Kuttichira, Kozhikode on Friday. Maliyekkal Anees (66), a retired KSEB engineer from Haluwa Bazaar, was LDF's polling agent at the 16th booth in Kuttichira Government Vocational Higher Secondary School. He collapsed while doing his duty in the polling booth by 8.30 am. Though rushed to the Government General Hospital, he died by 9.15 am. He is survived by his wife Adakkani Veettil Zereena, and children Fayis Ahammed, Fadhil Ahammed, Akhil Ahammed and Bilal Ahammed.

In another instance in Kozhikode, Kallumprath Vimesh (42) collapsed and died outside a polling booth just after voting. As Manorama News reported, Vimesh had waited in line for two hours before casting his vote.

A man also died in a bike accident en route to the polling booth in Malappuram on Friday. The deceased is Saidu Haji (75) of Neduvan. The bike rammed a lorry near BM School in Parappanangadi.

Polling began at 7 am in all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala on Friday. Read Kerala LS Polls 2024 Live Updates: Over 24% voter turnout recorded till 11 am

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