The polling for zila parishad and block samiti elections in Moga district was marked by various incidents of violence, booth capturing, influencing and threatening voters in various parts.
At about 3.45 pm at Indergarh village under Dharamkot constituency, some unidentified people tore ballot papers at polling booth number 155. Seeing the situation turning ugly, some voters rushed back to their homes without casting vote.
On the other hand, at Bahona village, supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress clashed and turbans were tossed around. At Bahona too, voters returned without casting vote after witnessing the clash. Due to the clash, the voting was stopped in both the villages. At Bahona, words were exchanged between Congress leader Balvir Singh Fauji and Akali leader Gurudev Singh, due to which polling had to be stopped for 15 minutes.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surjit Singh Grewal said violence affected polling in Indergarh and the police will register cases against those who tore ballot papers.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member and senior Congress leader Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh alleged that the SAD workers captured booths at Kishanpura, Behniwal and Indergarh. On the other hand, Barjinder Singh Brar, senior youth Akali leader, said the Congress has lost its political ground so its leaders are trying to make fool of people of the Dharamkot area.
Candidates' husbands booked
Husbands of two candidates were booked for resorting to violence and influencing voters. Assistant sub-inspector Balbir Singh, of police post at Lopo village, said Nirmal Singh, husband of block samiti candidate from Sanjha Morcha, Surjit Kaur has been booked for carrying his licensed weapon in the open and ordering people to vote for Sanjha Morcha.
At Ajitwal village in Dharamkot, police registered a case against Jarnail Singh, husband of Congress candidate for zila parishad, Sukhwinder Kaur.
Repoll at Indergarh on May 20
Moga: The Punjab election commission has ordered repolling at booth number 155 of Indergarh village in the district.
Additional deputy commissioner Amit Kumar said the election commission had received complaints regarding booth capturing at Indergarh village.
“We had sent the complete report about the violating the election norms by some people. Therefore, the state election commission confirmed that there will be repoll at booth number 155 at Indergarh on May 20. The polling will be held from 8 am and 4 pm,” the ADC added.