Hundreds of candidates have gone into hiding two weeks before elections in Punjab. Others are in protective custody. Nineteen are dead, victims of Sikh militants trying to stop the voting.
Punjab votes on June 22, a week after elections in the rest of India, so security forces can concentrate on trying to prevent violence in the state.Politics is a high-risk occupation in Punjab, a northern state where Sikhs extremists are fighting to separate from India. Candidates still on the stump get at least two armed bodyguards, or up to six if they are deemed highly vulnerable.