Police on Saturday detained Gagan Som, brother of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sardhana candidate Sangeet Som for carrying a pistol inside a polling booth in Faridpur village.
Spotting the pistol, the security personnel whisked Gagan Som away from inside the booth. An official told IANS that the act was in contravention of election rules and hence the action was taken.
Earlier in the day, the BJP MLA Sangeet Som cast his vote as voting began in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Sangeet Som shot to limelight for his fiery speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
Voting began on Saturday morning in the first of the staggered seven-phase assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Polling is taking place in 73 of the state’s 403 assembly constituencies, spread across 15 districts in the western part of the state. A total of 839 candidates are in the fray.
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