Phase-II polling by and large peaceful

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SEEKING JUSTICE: Malan Bee, a voter allegedly beaten up by Narsapur SI during polling, staging a dharna in front of the police station on Wednesday. Photo: Mohd. Arif
SEEKING JUSTICE: Malan Bee, a voter allegedly beaten up by Narsapur SI during polling, staging a dharna in front of the police station on Wednesday. Photo: Mohd. Arif

Police resort to lathicharge at several places following clashes between Congress and TDP workers

  • Voters stage dharna at Narsapur in Medak protesting against police highhandedness
  • SI withdrawn from poll duty for allegedly assaulting a woman
  • Polling agents were forced to sit on ground at several polling stations due to lack of furniture

    MAHABUBNAGAR: Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse two clashing groups at Kethireddypally village in Balanagar mandal. According to reports reaching the district headquarters, polling authorities at Kethireddypally declared Batnu Krishnaiah elected with a two-vote majority over D. Krishnaiah.

    But the authorities conducted recounting acceding to the demand of Mr. Krishanaiah and declared him elected as sarpanch with a victory margin of two votes. Following this, there was a clash between the two rival groups. Police had to resort to lathicharge to bring the situation under control.

    Over 77 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of gram panchayat elections held in 405 villages under Mahabubnagar division on Wednesday.

    Polling was held up for about 15 minutes at Hemajipur village in Balanagar mandal following clash between two groups. However polling continued after the intervention of police.

    District Collector V. Usharani told reporters that some miscreants snatched away ballot boxes before polling was started at Bomalpally village in Keshampet mandal. The Collector said that the villages located near Hyderabad city recorded highest polling percentage.

    Out of 428 villages in Mahabubnagar division, elections were held in 405 villages. Seventeen were elected unopposed and in the remaining six villages, election could not take place.

    Firing in Nalgonda

    Nalgonda Staff Reporter writes: Police opened fire in the air to disperse an irate mob at Pochampally of Gurrampodu mandal when the recounting result went in favour of Telugu Desam on Wednesday night.

    Barring a couple of minor incidents, the second phase of polling in two revenue divisions -- Nalgonda and Bhongir-- in the district went off peacefully and 83 per cent of voters exercised their franchise to elect 569 sarpanches and 5,228 ward members.

    Superintendent of Police M.M.Bhagwat told The Hindu that two rival groups pelted stones at each other at Pilladevi thanda of Bommala Ramaram mandal resulting in injuries to a citizen. A group of activists burnt down ballot papers after the counting at Velwarthy of Valigonda mandal. Rajupet in Tipparthy mandal and Arjalabhavi of Nalgonda mandal witnessed mild tension as the margin of votes between the winner and the loser was very less, the SP said adding that the situation was very much under control across the two divisions. Police took special care to thwart clashes between the rival groups during the victory rallies.

    Smooth in Warangal

    Warangal Staff Reporter writes: Polling in 276 villages was held peacefully without any untoward incident in Mahabubabad and Narasampet revenue divisions, which included many naxal-affected villages. Polling was held for election of 168 sarpanches in Mahabubabad divison where 448 candidates were in fray. For the 1,757 wards, as many as 4,119 candidates contested. In Narasampet division, election was held for 102 sarpanch posts.

    Of the 16 villages, the election in 10 villages was won by candidates supported by CPI (ML) New Democracy, and four supported by Congress, one by TDP and one independent.

    Mild tension at Narsapur

    Medak Staff Reporter writes: The elections under the Medak, Narsapur, Ramayampet and Andol Assembly segments in Medak revenue division concluded peacefully on Wednesday. Around 85 per cent of votes were polled during the day that saw brisk polling in almost all the major panchayats. Kolcharam registered the highest attendance with 92 per cent and lowest being 80 per cent in Alladurg, Narsapur and Chegunta mandals. Voters staged a dharna in front of the Narsapur police station demanding action against Sub Inspector Somnatham for allegedly assaulting Malan Bee who was canvassing inside the Government junior college auditorium. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Her relatives raised slogans against the police high handedness. Medak Joint Collector Vani Mohan and Narsapur DSP assured to initiate action against the SI and he was withdrawn from election duty.

    Ballot papers missing

    In Ramayampet, voters from the first ward found that the symbol of Palle Ramacharn Goud was missing in the ballot papers.

    The officials realised that 16 votes have been cast with ballot papers that have only six names on it while there were 7 members in the fray, the seventh being Palle Ramacharan Goud. While efforts were made to identify the 16 voters in the last few minutes of voting the candidate said he would not press for those votes, as he was sure of winning the election.

    Tight security

    Karimnagar Staff Reporter writes: The elections in Jagtial and Sircilla revenue divisions went off peacefully amid tight security on Wednesday.

    In the above two revenue divisions, 44 sarpanches were elected unanimously and elections were held for the 456 sarpanches on Saturday. Amid tight police security, elections passed off peacefully without any untoward incident. Even in the Maoists supreme, Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi's native village of Bheerpur village in Sarangapur mandal, the elections passed peaceful amid gun-totting police personnel.

    Polling agents in some villages were forced to sit on the ground due to non-availability of furniture in the polling booths in the Sircilla division.

    Stones pelted

    Adilabad Staff Reporter: Nearly 83 per cent of the 5.8 lakh votes exercised their franchise in elections to 236 gram panchayats comprising of 2,660 wards of Adilabad and Mancherial divisions on Wednesday. Already candidates were elected unanimously in 38 gram panchayats and 937 wards.

    In Adilabad division Jainad mandal recorded a highest polling percentage of 91 while Neredigonda recorded a lowest of 72 per cent.

    In Mancherial division Kotapally recorded a highest polling percentage of 90 and Nennel recorded a lowest of 76 per cent.

    8 persons hurt

    Nizamabad Staff Reporter writes: Barring a single incident of violence polling went off peacefully. The second phase of elections was held to elect 209 sarpanches and 1,724 ward members in Bodhan division.

    In the division out of the total of In Banswada mandal headquarter groups owing allegiance to Congress and the TDP clashed resulting in injuries to eight persons. Six Congress and two TDP workers were hurt .

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