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41 injured in Punjab Panchayat Polls

chandigarh Updated: May 26, 2008 22:24 IST
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Amid sporadic violence that left 41 injured, an estimated 85 per cent voters on Monday exercised their franchise for Gram Panchayat elections in Punjab.

Clashes between rival groups left over 41 injured and led to suspension of polling in several districts, including Amritsar, Ferozepur, Moga, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Patiala.

A Punjab Election Commission official said a heavy turnout was witnessed in elections to over 11,000 Gram Panchayats in the state.

Under tight security, close to 85 per cent electorate cast their votes sealing the fate of nearly 75,000 candidates for the post of Panches, he said.

Repolling would be held on Wednesday in places where the balloting was put off due to various reasons, including inadequate ballot papers and malpractices.

Moga Police registered a case against ten people, one of them an MLA, under various sections of the IPC in Ramoonwala village in the district.

In pre-poll violence, a candidate was shot dead last night and his body was found this morning near his house in Dera Basatnpur village in Pathankot, police said.

Akali and Congress workers clashed at Majitha in Amritsar where over 70 per cent polling was reported.

Barnala district witnessed a huge 87 per cent turnout.