Violence mars early hours of polling in Haryana; stones pelted at Kanda's car

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2014 22:12 IST

With a multi-corned contest in 90-member Haryana assembly elections which is being held today, the state seems to have been turned into a warzone, as reports of violence came in from Sirsa, Rohtak, Hisar and Sonepat districts in the early hours of morning on the polling day.

Stones were pelted on the vehicle of Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) chief Gopal Kanda when he allegedly slapped INLD Sirsa candidate ML Singla's brother, Om Prakash Singla, at Gaushala Mohalla in Sirsa town. There were clashes between the supporters of both the political parties, but situation was brought under control after police force reached the spot.

An abandoned vehicle carrying armed weapons was also seized by police party from the spot.

As per details, Kanda was taking round at Gaushala Mohalla, where Om Prakash Singla, brother of INLD Sirsa candidate ML Singla, was also present with his supporters. Initially, the supporters clashed, which infuriated Kanda and he slapped OP Singla. In retaliation, INLD supporters present with Singla pelted stones on Kanda's car.

Meanwhile, in Moria Khera village, Sirsa district, one Sandeep Chayal sustained injuries after a supporter of Gokul Setia, son of BJP Sirsa candidate Sunita Setia, opened fire at him. The victim was rushed to civil hospital for treatment. The polling process at Moria Khera village was disturbed after the violence, as voters dispersed from the polling station after the firing incident.

Tempers flared at Madina village of Rohtak district, the native village of Congress incumbent MLA Anand Singh Dangi, when at a booth, supporters of INLD and Congress clashed over accusations of bogus voting. The polling was suspended, after a police team dispersed the clashing supporters from the spot.

In Hisar, booth capturing was reported at Badhshahpur village of Narnaund assembly constituency from where BJP candidate Capt Abhimanyu and INLD Raj Singh Mor are contesting against each other.

BJP supporters accused INLD of attempting to capture booth. Saffron party candidate Capt Abhimanyu reached the spot. Police headed by local DSP too rushed to the spot and made in efforts to ease out the prevailing tension.

A similar incident of clash was also reported from Sonepat district when supporters of Haryana Janhit Congress and INLD clashed at booth no.-29 in Sonepat town over bogus voting. However, situation was controlled by police personnel deployed at the spot.

Also a Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) worker was injured in firing after clashes erupted between workers of INLD and Gopal Kanda's Haryana Lokhit Party in Sirsa.

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