DESPITE INCIDENTS of violence, voters turned up to cast their votes in the final phase of polling in the civic bodies’ poll.
Here a peek into polling from across the State.
Varanasi: Contrary to the violence during the second phase of civic body election in the city on Tuesday, polling for the third phase passed off peacefully in Varanasi on Friday with no report of any major untoward incident. Around 81 per cent electorates exercised their franchise during third phase of civic body election in Gangapur Nagar Panchayat (GNP) in Varanasi on Friday.
Amid tight security arrangement, the ballot boxes were shifted to Pahari Mandi where the counting of votes for Varanasi Nagar Nigam, Ramnagar Palika Parishad and Gangapur Nagar Panchayat would be held on November 6.
GORAKHPUR: VOTERS BOXED up the fate of the candidates belonging to various political parties in the third and final phase of civic election on Friday. Barring a few incidents of violence in Gorakhpur, Mainpuri and Lakhimpur-Kheri poll-ing remained peaceful throughout the State.
Kaushambi: Tension was reported from Karari in neighbouring Kaushambi district where Samajwadi Party workers allegedly beat up some rival candidates and indulged in large-scale rigging.
A BSP-supported candidate was allegedly assaulted by one Maula Bakht and his men who also threw stones at several houses in a bid to spread terror. Sources said, agitated over police inaction, about 400 persons staged chakka jam on the GT Road. They were urging the DM and the SP to stage flag march to instill confidence in the people when reports last came in.
ALLAHABAD: Communal tension gripped Phulpur township on Friday evening after voting came to an end when one section of people set ablaze at least six shops belonging to members of one community, damaged the sector magistrate’s vehicle, stoned a PAC truck and also pelted stones at the police.
Inspector Phulpur suffered a fracture on his hand in the incident. It all started after a clash between BJP and Samajwadi party activists over the issue of bogus voting. Police took two persons into custody. The DM and the SSP have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Meanwhile, around 60 per cent votes were cast in the nine Nagar Panchayats that went to polls in the third phase of local body elections in the district here today amid allegations of booth capturing and bogus voting at Sirsa, Phulpur Handia and Jhusi.