55 pc turn out in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh

Published on May 10, 2004 09:50 PM IST

The polling was marred by sporadic violence that claimed two lives and allegations of booth capturing.

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An estimated 55 per cent turnout was recorded in Punjab, Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh where polling was marred by sporadic violence that claimed two lives and allegations of booth capturing.

While Haryana recorded around 58 per cent voter turnout, it was 55 per cent in Punjab and 45 per cent in Chandigarh, election department sources said here, quoting preliminary information.
Jagpal Singh Sohali, who recently joined Parkash Singh Badal's SAD after deserting Simranjit Singh Mann's faction, was shot dead by unidentified persons in Sohali village in Ludhiana constituency while he was going to cast his vote.

A Congress worker was stabbed to death in village Gheri in Tarn Taran constituency allegedly by SAD activists following a scuffle between supporters of the two groups.

Incidents of firing were also reported from Kharar in Ropar, Batala in Gurdaspur (Punjab) and Bamla village in Bhiwani (Haryana).

Prithpal Singh, a transporter and SAD supporter, was shot at and injured by unidentified persons at Dabali village in Kharar assembly segment of Ropar (R) constituency.

A father and a son, both Haryana Vikas Party activists, were shot at and injured in Bamla village in Loharu assembly segment of Bhiwani by some unidentified assailants.

Steel magnate and Congress candidate from Kurukshetr Naveen Jindal accused the ruling INLD activists of booth capturing at two places each in Pundri and Pai assembly segments, a charge vehemently denied by the INLD.

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