Tension was palpable in the Lal Bagh area near north Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar on Sunday. This was where sitting BJP councillor Madhav Prasad had stabbed a rival ticket seeker to death on Tuesday.
Uneasy calm prevailed in the narrow and tapered bylanes of the area that comprise hundreds of shanties. Heavy security arrangements were in place and scores of policemen could be seen guarding the polling stations.
A small contingent of mounted police had also been deputed near the booths, due to apprehensions of unrest. Commissioner of Police BK Gupta visited the area around 11.30am, sending the already edgy policemen in a tizzy.
“We are just waiting for the day to get over without any untoward incident. The area has been considered sensitive after the murder,” said a senior police official.
Though there were no major incidents, a few minor clashes were reported. Due to this, the police did not allow even tiny gatherings of residents anywhere near the booths.
On Tuesday, sitting councillor Madhav Prasad, who represents Sangam Park (ward number 71), had allegedly stabbed ticket aspirant Jai Prakash Yadav after a confrontation at the nearby Azadpur Railway Station at 11:30pm. On the day of voting, most area residents were cagey about even commenting on the matter.
Three men, Prasad — who is contesting the polls and is out on an interim bail till April 17 — his driver Manoj and one Anil Yadav have been arrested in connection of Yadav’s murder.
The incident, police said, occurred when Yadav allegedly ‘interfered’ in a meeting Prasad had convened at a small temple in the Lal Bagh slum cluster adjacent to the railway tracks.
This was the second time that Yadav, also a ticket aspirant from the same ward, had been overlooked for a ticket by the party after the duo had had a falling out nearly five years ago.