The Ibrahimpatnam police are on the job to identify the agitators who participated in the dharna before the polling station in Mulapadu, violating Section, 144 and attacked the police, which created tension in the village during panchayat elections on Saturday.

Police, who granted bail to Mylavaram MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and 20 others after taking personal sureties, are trying to identify the other accused involved in the incident. Cases were registered against the accused for assaulting the police, damaging a house, organising dharna at the polling centre violating Section 144 and other charges, said the police. “We are collecting the video footages and the photographs captured at the polling centre in Mulapadu to identify the persons involved in the dharna. Through video clippings police will trace the remaining accused”, said Ibrahimpatnam Circle Inspector P. Kanaka Rao. Leaders from some communities, who were fighting for supremacy in the village for quite some time, used panchayat elections as a platform to show their power, alleged some villagers.

Ibrahimpatnam Mandal Revenue Officer M. Madhuri said that the voters presented one of the identity cards like voter ID, Aadhar card, ration card, voter slip and the PAN card which were among the 22 identity proofs mentioned by Election Commission of India (ECI) and the staff allowed them for voting.