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Cong worker shot dead

A Congress worker was shot dead in Chhattisgarh and rival political groups clashed in Chhattisgarh as sporadic violence marred the run up to the assembly elections on Sunday.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2003 12:07 IST

A Congress worker was shot dead in Chhattisgarh and rival groups clashed in Madhya Pradesh as sporadic violence on Sunday marred the run up to the assembly polls in the two states, leaving a candidate and six others wounded.

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Unidentified gunmen came in a car and opened fire from close range on Congress worker Mushtaq Khan when he was coming from the party office in Bilaspur, the home district of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, police said.

In Bhopal, activists of the Congress and the BJP clashed hurling stones following heated exchange of words between supporters of the BJP candidate from Bhopal south seat Umashankar Gupta and followers of PC Sharma in Ambedkar Nagar area past mid-night.

The two groups threw stones at each other wounding seven persons, including Sharma, who was admitted to hospital with head injuries, they said, adding that two police personnel were also injured.

Police charged with batons to disperse the warring groups and arrested four persons in this connection.

Violence was reported from Habibganj police station area where stones were thrown on Gupta and his supporters during their door-to-door campaign, police said. No one was, however, injured in the incident, they said.

Sharma said trouble started when his vehicle was parked in Ambedkar Nagar area during door-to-door canvassing late on Saturday night and some people started arguing with his driver alleging that liquor bottles were kept in the vehicle for distribution among voters.

Meanwhile, a BJP worker was injured in a clash on Sunday with Congress workers in Kukshi town of Dhar district.

The injured worker, identified as Surendra Pratap Singh, is the son of BJP candidate from Kuskshi, Pratap Singh Baghel.

In Bhind, police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse more than 400 Samajwadi Party workers taking out a procession to canvass for party nominee Ravisen Jain on Sunday evening, 24 hours after campaigning had ended.

First Published: Dec 01, 2003 02:02 IST