The polling process was marred with violence in Sirsa amid reports that Haryana Lokhit Party chief Gopal Kanda’s vehicle was pelted with stones by supporters of INLD nominee Makhan Lal Singla at Gaushala Mohalla at around 9.30am on Wednesday.
Voting was also disrupted at Nyana village under Barwala segment of Hisar district, when members of the Jat community clashed with Dalits over bogus voting.
Gopal Kanda, who is contesting election from Sirsa segment against BJP’s Sunita Setia and INLD’s Makhan Lal Singla, allegedly slapped Om Prakash Singla, brother of the INLD nominee, at Gaushala Mohalla.
Sources said Kanda and Singla allegedly came to blows while they were attempting to influence locals to vote for their respective parties. Kanda allegedly slapped Singla and later, INLD workers vandalised Kanda’s car.
On a short notice, police force led by a deputy superintendent of police reached the spot and seized an abandoned vehicle parked near the spot that contained armed weapons.
At Modia Khera village in Sirsa district, INLD worker Sandeep Chayal, stated to be a relative of party leader Ajay Chautala, was injured after a supporter of Gokul Setia, son of Sirsa BJP candidate Sunita Setia, allegedly opened fire at him. The victim was rushed to the civil hospital. The polling process at Modia Khera village was disrupted for quite some time after the incidence.
Later, an injured Sandeep alleged that the gunshot was fired by Gokul Setia, son of BJP candidate.
Meanwhile, 84.2% turnout was recorded in Sirsa district.
The polling was also halted in Rania segment following clashes between the INLD supporters and those of Haryana Lokhit Party candidate Gobind Kanda. Both sides threatened each other. INLD leader Prem Jindal alleged that when they tried to stop armed supporters of Gobind Kanda from proceeding towards a polling booth, the latter’s body guard threatened to open fire. A car also reached the spot, which had weapons in it, Jindal alleged.
The police reached the spot half-an-hour after the incident but by then the troublemakers had escaped.
A police official, Shriram said they have not got any complaint so far and that the polling was completed peacefully.
Meanwhile, as per another report, Surinder Kumar, a gunman of Baldev Singh Maan, Shiromani Akali Dal MLA of Guru Har Sahai in Fazilka district of Punjab, was arrested by the Rori police from Jhorar Rohi village in Kalanwali with an AK-47 assault rifle.
According to the election department website, highest turnout was recorded in Rania segment (86.9%), Ellenabad (85.7%), Kalanwali (SC) recorded 83.4% turnout, Dabwali (82.3%) and Sirsa (75%).
Abhay Chautala confident of win
INLD leader and Ellenabad candidate Abhay Chautala has expressed confidence that his party would come back to power after a gap of 10 years. After casting his vote at Chautala village, Abhay said the INLD would register a thumping victory.