Police say MCG polls peaceful barring minor clashes
As many as 3,600 police personnel were deployed to ensure free and fair electionsUpdated: Sep 24, 2017 21:21 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections largely went off peacefully on Sunday, with only minor brawls and few cases of fake voters being identified and reported to the police. Large police deployment across the city and an alert administration, which took adequate precautions, ensured that no major untoward incident happened on polling day.
Gurgaon police deployed around 3,600 personnel for ensuring free and fair elections. They accompanied the polling officials, manned booths and other sensitive locations across Gurgaon. Barring minor incidents that were reported in wards on both sides of the highway, the police said voting was more or less peaceful.
In Sector 56, there was a tiff between supporters of BJP and an independent candidate over voting slips with party symbols. This ward was later won by Mahesh Dayma, an independent candidate.
In DLF Phase 1, the police arrested two persons allegedly voting with fake identities after objections were raised by local residents. A tiff was also reported between polling agents of different parties over setting up booths within 100 metres of the polling booth. These were later removed by election officials.
A fight also broke out in Jharsa village after fake voters were spotted by supporters of a candidate, but the matter was resolved peacefully. A Gurgaon resident filed a complaint in Sector 40 alleging misuse of party symbol by supporters of a candidate.
In Sector 31, a brawl was reported between supporters of different parties, but it was resolved after some time, the police said.
On the western side of the highway, police had to intervene when a brawl broke out over voting between supporters of the BJP candidate and an independent.
In ward no 8, two persons were arrested by police after they were found to be in possession of fake documents, when they tried to vote. Police said their documents were being verified.
In ward no 5 also, one person was arrested for trying to cast a bogus vote. A police official said the matter is being probed.
In Daulatabad village, the police took INLD leader Rakesh Daulatabad into preventive custody after he went to the polling booth and requested the people to vote for INLD candidates.
However, the police later arrested the INLD leader for causing obstruction to police work. A senior police official confirmed that a case was registered against him late in the evening.
His brother Mukesh Kumar, however, said that action against his brother was politically motivated and the case is being registered at the behest of the BJP.
Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said that election was peaceful throughout the city and no untoward incident was reported. “There were a few incidents. Some people were booked for bogus voting and police has registered cases against them,” Khirwar said.
First Published: Sep 24, 2017 21:21 IST