In a bizarre incident a voter Hari Singh (40) committed suicide outside a polling booth in Devchara town of Aonla Lok Sabha seat located in Bareilly district. The family members said upset over not being allowed to cast his vote Singh took the drastic step.
He arrived at the polling booth number 311 located in Ram Bharose Inter College in the morning along with his wife Tara Devi (35) to cast his vote. Singh was carrying election photo identity card (EPIC) as well as voter slip but the presiding failed to trace his name in the electoral roll. He was told to wait outside and allow others to cast their vote.
Singh went thrice to the presiding officer and pleaded to permit him to cast his vote, but in vain. Upset over not being allowed to cast his vote he came out of the booth and brought a kerosene cane. Before the security personnels deployed outside the booth could react he sprinkled kerosene and set himself afire, the family members said.
The passerby and security officers rushed him to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Terming the incident unfortunate Chief Electoral Officer, Umesh Sinha said probe has been ordered into the episode.
Talking to HT deputy election officer, Aonla, Arun Kumar said the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) has completed the probe and report has been sent to the Election Commission. The suicide has nothing to do with the polling as alleged by the family members Kumar said and added rather he was suffering with some mental problem. He had heated discussion with his wife near the polling station. Later he committed suicide even as the security personnels tried to save his life.
The name of Singh as well as his wife Tara Devi was very much present on the electoral roll, Kumar said. Singh name figured as voter number 1598 on the electoral roll while his wife name was at number 1309 in the voter list. The district police have registered a case and probe was continuing, he said.
The Election Commission has directed the presiding officers to permit the voters who carry EPIC, voter slip and other identity cards permitted by the Commission to cast their vote, the district election officer said.