Police in India's eastern state of Bihar appealed Sunday for extra security for the next phase of voting after 33 election guards and other poll workers were killed in land mine explosions during a vote over the weekend.
Most of the 44 killings Saturday, the bloodiest election day so far in India's monthlong election of a new parliament, took place in Bihar, India's poorest and most lawless state.
Most of the areas in the state where land mines exploded Saturday were strongholds of the Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Saryu Roy, the party's local secretary-general, blamed Rashtriya Janata Dal, Bihar's ruling party, for the violence.
But Home Commissioner U.N. Panjiar, who is in charge of police, said the land mines probably were set off by two leftist guerrillas groups.
The central government will be asked to send more security forces for the next phase of voting next Saturday in central and northern areas.