Shootout in Assam, IEDs recovered
Diphu: Gunfight erupted between security forces and militants at a polling station in Karbi Anglong district while two powerful IEDs were recovered in Assam’s Autonomous District (ST) constituency where voting was held on Thursday. BSF personnel at a polling station in Karbi Anglong district exchanged fire with Karbi Longri National Front (KLNLF), who had allegedly planted an IED in the area which was recovered by the securitymen. The exchange of fire continued for about 15 minutes after which the ultras managed to escape.
Bride and groom rush to cast vote
Kochi: Wedding rituals did not come in the way of a newly married couple exercising their franchise on Thursday. Aswathy, dressed in a red sari and decked in gold ornaments, voted at Vaduthula along with her husband Unni soon after their wedding. The couple said instead of going straight to the groom’s house, they had decided to vote first and then continue with the rituals.
Minister in trouble over vote ‘appeal’
Thrissur: A comment in jest landed a Kerala minister in trouble with the Election Commission on Thursday. Revenue Minister K P Rajendran of the CPI met Congress veteran K Karunakaran at the polling booth in Punkunnam. After wishing Karunakaran, the CPI leader, in a lighter vein, asked him whether he would vote for C N Jayadevan (CPI). Therambil Ramakrishan, MLA, who had accompanied Karunakaran to the booth, said the minister’s act was a “flagrant violation” of EC guidelines. P A Madhavan, the election agent of the Congress’s Thrissur candidate P C Chacko, in the complaint forwarded to Deputy Collector (Election) S K Ganesh, said Rajendran had violated rules by soliciting votes for the LDF candidate inside a booth.
58-year-old dies after voting
Kottayam: A 58-year-old voter died soon after he voted at a booth in the Kottayam Parliamentary Constituency. The deceased, C M Sasidharan, a retired schoolteacher, had cast his vote at the Marangad government L P school and was returning home when he suffered a massive heart attack. He died on the way to the hospital, official sources said. Sashidharan had come to the booth along with a neighbour.
Deoria Cong candidate, two others detained
Lucknow: Congress candidate from Deoria constituency Baleshwar Yadav and two others were detained on Thursday by police for allegedly beating up BSP worker Kalamuddin, police sources said. Yadav, his son Bablu and their supporter Sandeep Singh were detained this morning, the sources said. The incident occurred last night at Matia Kutia village in Deoria constituency when BSP and Congress workers clashed with each other, they said. Kalamuddin was admitted to district hospital, where his condition was stated to be stable, police said. An FIR was lodged against Yadav, his son and a supporter in this connection.
Two JK villages boycott polls
Poonch: Protesting against the J&K government’s alleged failure to fulfill their basic demands of road, power and water supply, voters of two villages in Poonch district boycotted the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday. “Villagers of Dodi and Gali Pindi villages have boycotted polls in protest against the fulfilment of their basic demands,” said Poonch district electoral officer Mohammad Afzal Bhat. There are 605 and 118 voters in Dodi and Gali Pindi respectively.
Cong candidate held for slapping homeguard
Hyderabad: Congress candidate V Janardhan from Kurupum in Vizinagaram distict has been arrested after he slapped a homeguard at a polling station on Thursday. Police sources said Janardhan tried to enter a polling booth at G M Valsa along with his supporters when police prevented him. He then picked up an argument with the police and slapped a homeguard on duty. Based on the homeguard’s complaint the police registered a case and arrested Janardhan, a senior official said.