As the rest of Ghaziabad went to vote on Thursday, Khurrampur village in the interiors of Muradnagar assembly segment stayed back.
The villagers decided to abstain from voting to protest against police failure to arrest those who killed the village head on March 1. “It is a major issue for us. We met police officials several times after the murder of Rinkoo Tyagi, the pradhan of Khurrampur village. On Thursday morning, we announced the boycott and the villagers supported us. If a Pradhan can be murdered, local residents can easily meet the same fate,” said Ajay Tyagi, the younger brother of the deceased.
Only 193 out of the total 2,187 voters exercised their right. The administrative officials visited the village and tried to pacify and convince the voters, but the three polling booths wore a deserted look. “We will also stop the flow of water to Delhi, which is supplied by nearby pipelines. We did not stop anyone from voting and over 92 per cent people supported out cause,” said Mithlesh Tyagi, a resident.
Rinkoo Tyagi (26) was shot dead by unidentified assailants on March 1 near Muradnagar-Jalalpur road. In a similar incident, residents of Niwari village, off National Highway-58, were pleased with the low voter turnout. The villagers want the repair of the Niwari-Dhaulri road, which connects their village to the national highway.
The Sadak Sangharsh Samiti (SSS) involved in the agitation had decided to boycott the poll and requested residents to abstain from voting.