Poll violence claims a life

Updated on Apr 19, 2004 08:51 PM IST

A supporter of Karnataka PWD Minister Dharm Singh was killed in an alleged clash between Congress and BJP workers in Gulbarga, Karnataka. BJP workers stopped them to check the car when the incident occured.

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A supporter of Karnataka PWD Minister Dharm Singh was killed in an alleged clash between Congress and BJP workers at Nelogi in Gulbarga district last night, police sources said today.

They said Singh's son, Ajay Singh and other supporters were returning to Gulbarga in a vehicle when alleged BJP workers stopped it and sought to check it, a move opposed by the occupants.

In the ensuing clash, a 25-year-old youth, who is said to be a doctor, received grievous injuries and later died.

In a related incident, alleged Congress workers gheraoed a local Mutt pontiff charging him with supporting BJP. Police resorted to lathi-charge and bursting of teargas shells to control the stone-pelting crowds.

The pontiff was taken to Nelogi police station to give him protection.

Top district police officials, including Superintendent of Police K Ramachandra Rao, are camping at Nelogi, which comes under Jewargi Assembly segment from where Dharm Singh is seeking re-election.

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