KARNATAKA

Polling peaceful in naxal-affected areas

Staff Correspondent



Polling official sacked for campaigning for BJP

Snag in EVMs hits polling in some places



TUMKUR: Tight security along the naxal-affected areas bordering Andhra Pradesh in Tumkur district ensured peaceful polling on Thursday.

Besides the Tumkur police and the Anti-Naxal Squad, policemen from Kerala were deployed in Pavagada taluk. Seven check posts were set up along the Andhra Pradesh border.

Over 400 voters in Kenchaganahalli in the district boycotted the polling on the grouse that Government had neglected development of the village. About 200 voters in Kamalanaikana Thanda and a couple of Dalits in Ujjani Village also boycotted for the same reason. Residents of Byradondlu and Voddarahatti, who also declared boycott on the same ground, relented after the Deputy Commissioner, H.R. Srinivasa, talked to them, and cast their votes.

Arrested

Twelve Bharatiya Janata Party workers from Solur in Nelamangala Taluk of Bangalore Rural District were held when they were engaged in proxy voting at Hesarahalli polling station. Janata Dal (Secular) leaders staged a protest when the police were initially reluctant to arrest them. Two sports utility vehicles used by them were also seized.

Snag in EVMs

Polling began about two hours behind schedule in the morning at three booths — Aryan High School, Vinayakanagara; Government Higher Primary School, Church Square; and Bharati School, Agrahara — in Tumkur Urban Assembly segment as the Electronic Voting Machines developed snag even at the “mock polling stage in the beginning. The EVMs were later replaced and polling commenced.

At Kumbhihalli, on the outskirts of Tumkur, the EVM developed a snag at 3.45 p.m.

Polling Official at the Chelur polling station was allegedly found to be campaigning in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress agent took objection to it. Returning Officer H.R. Srinivasa sacked the official, whose name has been given as Renukappa. Basavaraj was posted to replace him. In the melee, the polling was affected for a while.

At Hesarahalli, polling officials allegedly allowed in only those promised to vote for BJP candidate. Janata Dal (Secular) leaders staged a dharna against them.

In each of the voters’ lists provided to the booths in Tumkur city, many names were marked “deleted”. Many of them possessed Elector Photo Identity Cards.

Polling was steady till 1 p.m. and was very slow thereafter up to 3 p.m. Heat deterred the people from daring out. Although it picked up in the evening, the percentage of voting is stated to be around 60 in the district.

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