ANDHRA PRADESH

Firing, bomb hurling mar polls in Andhra Pradesh

The EVMs smashed by miscreants during the second phase of polling at Ravulapalle in Mydukur Mandal of Kadapa District on Thursday.

The EVMs smashed by miscreants during the second phase of polling at Ravulapalle in Mydukur Mandal of Kadapa District on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

M.V. Subramanyam

EVMs damaged in 19 polling stations; tourist bus set ablaze



Cars of two sitting MLAs, TDP agent damaged by rival groups

TDP candidate P. Narasimha Reddy held for ‘attacking’ Veerasiva Reddy



KADAPA: Police opened fire in the air at two places, electronic voting machines were damaged in 19 polling stations, a tourist bus was set ablaze in Jammalamadugu and group clashes, bomb-hurling and stone-pelting incidents occurred at about a dozen places in Kadapa district during the second phase of polling on Thursday, but no casualties were reported.

The cars of sitting Mydukur MLA D.L. Ravindra Reddy, sitting Kamalapuram MLA G. Veerasiva Reddy, both of the Congress, and that of Telugu Desam Party general agent of Mydukur Assembly segment, S. Nagi Reddy, were damaged by rival groups. Telugu Desam Party candidate for Kamalapuram Assembly segment Putha Narasimha Reddy was arrested for allegedly attacking Mr. Veerasiva Reddy.

Firing in the air

Police opened some rounds of fire in Nagasanipalle village in Mydukur segment after a group of persons damaged TDP general agent S. Nagi Reddy’s car and rival groups pelted stones at each other. Police forces rushed to Nagasanipalle, but voters did not cast votes from 11 a.m. onwards as some agents allegedly warded them off.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate’s gunman opened fire in Kutchupapa in Chapadu of Mydukur segment, when a group obstructed the candidate.

Dr. Ravindra Reddy’s car was damaged in stone pelting by a group of women in Chinnagulavalur in Mydukur segment and police opened fire in the air when rival groups hurled bombs and pelted stones at each other. TDP candidate for Kamalapuram segment Putha Narasimha Reddy was arrested after Congress candidate G. Veerasiva Reddy’s car was damaged and EVMs were destroyed in Nadireddipalle polling station in Kamalapuram segment.

EVMs damaged

EVMs were destroyed in Bakarapuram, Ravulapalle, Maddirevula, Nerusupalle, Rajupalem, Adavicherlopalle, Kollavaripalle, Pedda Cheppali and other places necessitating a re-poll in 16 polling stations. Three bombs exploded in Siddhareddipalle in Chakrayapet mandal when rival groups clashed. TDP leaders complained that Congressmen drove away their polling agents in some polling stations in Lingala mandal in Pulivendula segment.Some Congress sympathisers sustained injuries when TDP members attacked them in Ethapu colony in Jammalamadugu town. Men and women lined up in long-winding queues and enthusiastically cast their votes all over the district, notwithstanding the scorching summer heat. Re-polling was ordered in 19 polling stations in Kadapa district.

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