WHEN DIFFERENT political parties are in the fray violence is usually not ruled out in any election. But in the civic bodies polls this time violence is a foregone conclusion.
Though cops claim to have made fool-proof arrangements but some senior officers admit in private that they were worried with the possibility of untoward incidents in this surcharged atmosphere.
DIG Akhilesh Mehrotra admits there were several criminals in the fray for the post of corporator and they are the ones who could resort to violence in a bid to win the much coveted post of a corporator. The officer made the observation while himself witnessing hooliganism in the procession of a corporator candidate. He was shocked to see more than 200 youths in the procession of this candidate the other day. Their body language itself was enough proof that they were prepared to do anything.
George Town, Daraganj, Shivkuti, Cantt, Kareli, Khuldabad, and Naini areas were violence prone, said a police officer.
From intimidation of voters to booth capturing cops were not ruling out any thing this time. With more than a dozen candidates, who are not proclaimed criminals but have criminal bent of mind, in the fray the city's election atmosphere is charged with fear. Sushil Yadav from Malviyanagar is a proclaimed criminal and has even been convicted but he is still in the fray.
The authorities concerned have themselves shown no interest in getting his candidature cancelled. Bachcha Pasi, another criminal with cases of murder and attempted murder, had come to file his nomination from Jail with his followers. Another alleged criminal Firoz Chunda, who is infamous for collecting goonda Tax from traders, is also contesting the election for the post of corporator from the jail. He had been an accomplice of Chand Baba and had also been allegedly involved in several cases of robbery and attempted murders.
Those who were being watched by the cops for the possibility of their role in violence include, Athar Raza Ladley from Akbarpur, Nizamuddin from Sabzi Mandi, Ramesh Misra from Kydganj, Sushil Yadav, Aquilur Rehman, Vijay Vaish, Sandeep Vishwakarma, Krishna Kumar Pathak, Anil Gupta, Bachcha Pasi, Firoz Chundha, Shiva Tripathi, Umesh Dwivedi, Rama Kant Tripathi, Salamat Ullah and some others.
Interestingly, there exists no bloody rivalry among the Mayoral candidates and they were roaming around freely without any fear of intimidation and violence aimed at them. However, the Congress and the BJP candidates for the post of Mayor --Ch Jitendra Nath Singh and Vijay Misra-- have already expressed dissatisfaction over the police and administration's role in stopping the intimidation of their voters in City West which was being done allegedly at the behest of a ruling Samajwadi Party MP.
On its part the administration has already admitted that some top political leaders were in the hit list of criminals who have made their way in the city. Such leaders have been advised to stay in doors on the polling day and, if possible, not to venture out on other days also.