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DATE=9/18/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/ELECTION (L) NUMBER=2-254047 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In India, at least 32 people, including 20 policemen, have been killed in election-related violence as voters cast ballots in the third phase of the country's staggered election for a new parliament. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, among the five states voting on Saturday were Uttar Padesh and Bihar - states that play a crucial role in deciding the outcome of elections in the country. Voting was held in 76 election districts. Text: Most of the violence in Saturday's election was reported from India's poorest and most lawless state, Bihar. It occurred despite tight security, with thousands of policemen guarding polling stations. The policemen were killed when landmines blew up their vehicles as they were reporting for election duty. Bihar's Home Commissioner U.N. Panjiar is blaming the violence on Maoist guerrillas who had threatened to disrupt the polling. ///INSERT PANJIAR ACT/// The areas in which these incidents have taken place and the modus operandi of the operation indicates that they have been done by extremist organizations. ///END ACT/// Police had been given orders to shoot to kill anyone attempting to interfere with the voting. Election violence is common in Bihar. In Kashmir, voting was held in one election district - - the Baramullah constituency, but the heavily guarded polling booths were virtually empty. Four persons are reported to have died in confrontations with security forces because they refused to vote. In Shilwath village residents said paramilitary troops opened fire when they refused to leave their homes to cast votes. Authorities say the four people were killed when they tried to take rifles from the soldiers. Muslim separatist organizations have called for a poll boycott in Kashmir; turnout has been very low in most of the areas where voting has been held so far. Authorities said the voting was largely peaceful in the three other states where polling was held -- Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh - though some incidents of scattered violence were reported. The most significant politically of these three is the country's most populous state -- Uttar Pradesh - which plays a crucial role in deciding the electoral fortunes of political parties because it sends the largest number of lawmakers to parliament. Opinion polls indicate the main opposition Congress party could make gains in Uttar Pradesh, while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party could lose some ground. However, exit polls after the first two rounds of voting have shown the BJP-led coalition winning more than half the seats in parliament. The vote counting will begin October 6th after the next two rounds of voting are completed. (Signed) NEB/AP/KL 18-Sep-1999 10:08 AM EDT (18-Sep-1999 1408 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .