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Polls see minor clashes, but largely peaceful

mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2012 01:27 IST
HT Correspondent

Voting for the municipal corporation election went on peacefully on Thursday as no major untoward incident was reported from any part of the city, police said.

Mumbai police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli said that barring some non-cognisable offences and one minor rioting case, no major incident had been reported as more than 24,000 policemen, eight companies of SRPF and three companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) guarded the lanes and by-lanes of the city, along with more than 2,000 Home Guards (HG).

Tamboli said the first incident had been reported from Ghatkopar where a van carrying Congress candidate Pravin Chheda’s supporter Rahul Khilnani was intercepted by rival BJP candidate Bhalchandra Shirsat’s supporters, who allegedly beat them up with belts.

The incident occurred in Khairoli village around 4.30am, Tamboli said. An FIR was registered at the Ghatkopar police station and two of the attackers have been arrested. Shirsat and two more persons are wanted in the case.

In an incident at Agripada, Deepak Kanade, a resident of Byculla was allegedly beaten up by three hoodlums after he came out of the polling station at Modern Mill compound.

The three attackers are said to be supporters of Akil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) candidate Vandana Gawli, gangster-turned politician Arun Gawli’s sister-in-law. A non-cognisable offence under IPC Section 323 and 506 has been registered with the Agripada police.

Congress MLA Amin Patel approached the Dongri police following reports of circulation of an SMS in the area, stating he had joined the Samajwadi Party. A non-cognisable offence has been registered against unknown mischief mongers.

The Kurar police took a non-cognisable complaint after it was alleged that NCP MLA from the area, Vidya Chavan and two of her supporters kicked the table belonging to an independent candidate at a polling station.

Similarly, on a complaint made by Shiv Sena Candidate Nilesh Karle that his rival Congress candidate Sushiben Shah was distributing pamphlets on the election day, the Malabar Hill police registered a non-cognisable offence.

There were reports of a clash between supporters of former Congress leader Ajit Sawant and Congress candidate from Mahim Sada Sarvankar. Tamboli however, claimed that the incident had not been reported at Mahim police station, though the police had received a call on the emergency number 100, informing about the incident.