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Samajwadi Party candidate from Betul missing in MP

Former MP minister and a rebel Congress candidate Ashok Savle was allegedly abducted while returning from an election gathering.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2003 10:11 IST

Former Madhya Pradesh minister and a rebel Congress candidate Ashok Savle was on Saturday allegedly abducted while returning from an election gathering.

Savle, who was recently expelled by Congress for six years, after his nomination as a Samajwadi Party candidate from Betul went missing while returning from an election rally in Chicholi area, Samajwadi party sources said.

Police has registered a case of abduction on the basis of a complaint filed at Betul Police Station by Savle's younger brother Vijay.

According to the complaint lodged by Vijay, when Ashok Savle was returning from an election meeting, his vehicle was intercepted near Deogarh by about a dozen people who took him away.

"Efforts were on to trace the missing candidate," Superintendent of Police AK Singh said.

A large number of party activists led by Samajwadi Party Secretary Dr Suneelam blocked traffic near Multai in protest against the disappearance of Savle and threatened to stage a Dharna at district headquarters if he was not traced.

First Published: Nov 30, 2003 03:05 IST