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DMK village official held for allegedly distributing cash to voters

A DMK-supported sarpanch has been held and is being interrogated for allegedly distributing cash to voters in Coonoor assembly constituency in Nilgiris district, official sources said.

india Updated: May 04, 2011 16:40 IST

A DMK-supported sarpanch has been held and is being interrogated for allegedly distributing cash to voters in Coonoor assembly constituency in Nilgiris district, official sources said.

Based on a complaint from AIADMK workers, police at the Ramchand polling station handed over Ramchand Panchayat chief Bhojan to officials for interrogation, official sources said.

Elections to the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly is taking place on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, polling was delayed by more than three hours in Nagampalli in Nilgiris district, following a standoff between Forest Department officials and villagers, who alleged that the officials had deliberately lit a fire in the area to prevent them from coming to the booths.

Voters demanded that the officials apologise for allegedly setting fire. However, officials denied the allegations and said the incident was a natural occurrence during summers.

Voting started by around 11.30 am, sources said.

Meanwhile, Nilgiris district, with three assembly seats, registered around 25% polling till 1 p m.