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Candidate held for attack on SEC office. Panel to probe Hardoi case

THE POLICE have registered cases in incidents of poll-related violence that took place in different parts of the city today. The police have arrested Independent candidate for mayor’s post SN Tripathi (ex Army officer) for his involvement in the attack on the State Election Commission office in Husainganj. A BJP activist was also held for violence in Sarojininagar.

Candidates from various parties and their supporters had gathered outside the SEC office to register their complaints regarding poll irregularities. They pelted the building with stones when they were prevented from entering the office.

Police had to use force to chase away the mob. The SEC security staff also fired in the air to disperse the agitators.

SP (East) AS Rai said strict action would be taken against those involved in the violence. He said the police had video evidence of those who indulged in violence.

Meanwhile, the SEC has decided to send an officer to Hardoi to inquire into large-scale rigging during the Nagar Palika Parishad poll there.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supported candidate Sukhsagar Mishra had lodged a complaint in this connection with the SEC alleging bogus voting and booth capturing by Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Umesh Agarwal during the poll on Saturday.

“Since Umesh is brother of Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal, the district administration not only remained a mute spectator to the booth capturing and bogus voting by his supporters but also helped him in rigging the poll, Mishra alleged.

Taking cognizance of the complaint State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh decided to dispatch an official of the commission to Hardoi to inquire into the matter. Additional Election Commissioner Vinay Priya Dubey said BK Singh Yadav, staff officer to the Election Commissioner, would visit Hardoi tomorrow to probe the complaint about rigging. Yadav would also probe the role of the police in the election”, he said.

Superintendent of Police Kashi Nath Singh and junior police officers including Ghanshyam Tiwari, Vijaykant Mishra, Sukhram Gautam, Devendra Pandey and Rudra Singh have been directed to meet Yadav and submit their report.

The returning officer, assistant returning officers and presiding officers deputed at 18 polling centres have been directed to submit the polling related documents to Yadav. Both the candidates, Sukhsagar Mishra and Umesh Agarwal, have also been directed to meet Yadav during his visit to Hardoi.