Madhya Pradesh: One killed, 50 hurt in civic poll violence
One person was killed and over 50 injured in incidents of violence during the second phase of polling for three-tier panchayati raj institutions in Bhind district on Thursday, the police said.bhopal Updated: Feb 05, 2015 22:33 IST
One person was killed and over 50 injured in incidents of violence during the second phase of polling for three-tier panchayati raj institutions in Bhind district on Thursday, the police said.
While a dozen of the seriously injured were referred to Gwalior for treatment, others were sent to Bhind civil hospital, they added.
Voting took place in Bhind and Ater tehsils of the district on Thursday. As the voting began on Thursday morning, a group of armed people reached the booths, threatening and intimidating the voters.
At several places, miscreants captured the booths and escaped with the ballot boxes.
The police fired in the air to disperse the criminals.
In Depura village of Ater, Prahlad Patel, who was going to cast vote, was shot dead.
Assistant sub-inspector Pawan Shukla received injuries in the head when the criminals attacked him in a polling booth at Babedi village.
At Pandari polling booth in Bhind, 147 ballot papers were looted and an EVM machine was broken. Rur polling booth was captured by miscreants in the morning itself. When the police tried to storm the booth, they pelted the cops with stones, leading the forces to fire in self defence.
Ballot boxes at Sikahata at polling booth were also looted. At Dugarpura, ballot boxes were snatched from polling parties and thrown into a lake.
At Kachongara, Repura, Etihara, Pipari, Lavan, Vilav and Simrao booths, there was exchange of fire between the criminals and the police.
While licensed arms were deposited by the administration before the polls, illegal arms were used, the police said.
At some places, security forces deployed at polling booths ran away as the mob of criminals moved towards them.
Superintendent of police, Vineet Khanna said the miscreants involved in the incidents would be booked.