The campaign for the Maharashtra Assembly elections on Monday has turned out to be one of the most violent ever with bloody attacks on candidates and supporters.
The incidents of violence increased in the last couple of days of the campaign.
A BJP worker was killed after being fired at during a poll rally in Akkalkot constituency of Solapur district on September 26. Alleging that the killing was at the behest of minister of state for rural development Siddharam Mhetre, Congress candidate from Akkalkot, BJP demanded his arrest.
In the second such incident ahead of the elections, a relative of NCP candidate from Solapur district was fired at on October 10. Unidentified persons fired at the Hanmant Bagal, brother-in-law of NCP nominee Shamaltai Bagal from Karmala, after a poll rally there.
A Shiv Sena candidate escaped unhurt in firing by unknown people while his car driver suffered bullet injuries in Pune on Sunday. Ajay Bhosale, contesting from Vadgaon-Sheri constituency, was heading for a rally venue in posh Koregaon
Park area when motorbike-borne assailants opened fire. Bhosle alleged that his NCP rival Bapu Pathare was behind the attack.
Late last night, police registered cases against 50 people, including brother and son of NCP minister Babanrao Pachpute, in connection with attack on the supporter of an independent candidate in Shrigonda constituency.