Staff Correspondent

Six persons suffer head injuries at Basava Mathi Halli

TUMKUR: Clashes between followers of political parties, lathi-charge and attack on policemen marred gram panchayat elections in Tumkur district on Saturday.

A man died of cardiac arrest after casting his vote in a village.

Fakir Ahmed (55) had just returned home from a pooling booth at Handikatte in Tumkur district when he collapsed and died of cardiac arrest. The news affected polling for a while.

Followers of B. Suresh Gowda, BJP MLA, were found taking voters to a booth at Nagavalli near here. Janata Dal (Secular) workers took presspersons to the spot and that led to clashes.

The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the clashing groups. Soon after the situation was brought under control, BJP supporters threw stones at a police jeep and Siddalingappa, Police Inspector (Traffic), was injured.

At Badavanahalli in Madhugiri taluk, supporters of Janata Dal (S) MLA Anitha Kumaraswamy took objection to the BJP workers led by C. Gowrishankar, former MLA, and son of C. Channigappa, former Minister, trying to woo voters near a polling booth.

The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the workers of both the parties.

Basava Mathi Halli, native of B.B. Ramaswamy Gowda, Congress MLA from Kunigal, witnessed large-scale violence during polling.

Six persons suffered head injuries. The police said that followers of Mr. Gowda and D. Nagarajaiah, former Minister and JD (S) leader, clashed over campaigning near a polling booth.

The police gave the names of the injured as Ramanna, Satish and Kumar of the Congress and Shivaramaiah, Dinesh and Rangaraj of the Janata Dal (S). They were taken to NIMHANS in Bangalore after treatment here.