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Violence mars 3rd phase

THE NAGAR Panchayat election in Bithoor and Shivrajpur were marred by incidents of bogus voting and heavy stone pelting. To bring the situation under control, police restored to lathicharge, leaving seven persons injured. Three children were nabbed casting votes. However, on verification their names were found in the voter list.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 00:02 IST

THE NAGAR Panchayat election in Bithoor and Shivrajpur were marred by incidents of bogus voting and heavy stone pelting. To bring the situation under control, police restored to lathicharge, leaving seven persons injured. Three children were nabbed casting votes. However, on verification their names were found in the voter list.

In the last phase of the civic election, voting for chairman of Nagar Panchayat and 10 wards of Bithoor and 11 wards of Shivraj was held today. Few minutes after the voting started, Independent candidate Vimal Dixit accused the presiding officer of the Poorva Madhyamik Vidhyalaya polling centre of favouring a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate. Other candidates too joined Dixit in his protest against the alleged bogus voting. Police resorted to lathicharge to control the situation. Later, police officials showed ballot papers to the protesting candidates to dispel their fears.

At Bithoor, police lathicharged some candidates and their supporters, who clashed outside against the booth when a candidate was seen pressurising voters to vote in his favour.

In the afternoon, nodal officer for the election and SP Traffic Rakesh Singh caught two children, aged between 10 to 12 years, casting vote at a booth.

They were later released when their names were found in the voter list.

When polling ended at 5 pm, about 150 persons were still in the queue at Poorva Madhyamik Kanya Vidhyalaya. Once again, the candidates clashed demanding that those in queue be allowed to cast their vote.

The police lathicharge, which followed, left independent candidate Brijendra Dwivedi, his two brothers, Vimal Dixit and several supporters injured. 

While at Primary School in Shivrajpur, supporters of the SP and BJP candidates clashed over alleged bogus voting. At around 3 pm, one Babloo, brother of an SP Block Pramukh, was accused of casting fake votes in favour of the SP candidate for chairman of Shivrajpur Nagar Panchayat. In protest, BJP candidate Ramrani, along with her supporters, resorted to stone pelting. The police, led by SP (rural) Ratan Srivastav, lathicharged the irate mob injuring two persons.

Tehsildar’s order

Issuing a last warning to the absent booth level officers deployed on duty of issuing photo identity card, Tehsildar Sadar Dr Rajesh Shukla directed them to report by Saturday or face the FIR under Lok Pratinidhi Act. The tehsildar was reviewing the progress of photo identity card work at the KEM Hall, Phoolbagh here today.

The stern warning from the tehsildar came as 48 booth level officers from Sisamau and 29 from Kalyanpur were found in the meeting.