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GP polls: 72 per cent turnout in Chitradurga

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All that counts:Elderly women being assisted at a polling station in Imangala Gram Panchayat of Chitradurga taluk on Saturday.
All that counts:Elderly women being assisted at a polling station in Imangala Gram Panchayat of Chitradurga taluk on Saturday.

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Official assaulted, six held for ‘distributing' money

Challakere reported the highest voter turnout of

83 per cent

GP secretary accused of issuing blank residential proof signed by him

Chitradurga: Barring an incident of assault on a poll official and arrest of six people accused of distributing money to voters, polling in the gram panchayat elections was largely peaceful in the district.

The district recorded 72 per cent polling. The highest was in Challakere (83 per cent) and the lowest Chitradurga taluk (56 per cent). Elections were held to 182 gram panchayats in the district. Polling was brisk since morning.

A total of 9,109 candidates are in the fray for 3,223 seats.

Assault

Explaining the incident involving poll official Devaraj, who was deputed to Beerenahalli village in Hiriyur taluk, Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas told The Hindu that Mr. Devaraj was assaulted by a few men when he demanded proof of identity. The voter, who reportedly refused to show the identity proof, got angry and later brought a few people along and assaulted the official. “We are registering a complaint and based on that, legal action would be initiated. Meanwhile, we have replaced the official,” Mr. Biswas said.

Further, he said six persons were arrested after they were caught red-handed distributing money wrapped in pamphlets.

The accused were allegedly supporters of Raghavendra Reddy, a candidate.

Legal action

Besides, he said legal action would also be initiated against the local gram panchayat secretary for allegedly issuing blank residential proof signed by him.

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