KARNATAKA

Six assaulted by gang for defying threat, voting in Sulibele

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Polling in the four parliamentary constituencies in Bangalore on Thursday was peaceful barring a few stray incidents.

Six voters, including two women in Chickaballapur Lok Sabha constituency, were allegedly beaten up by Congress workers at B. Muttasandra, a few km away from Sulibele. The voters, belonging to backward class were allegedly on Wednesday threatened against voting. However, defying the threat, the six voters exercised their franchise and were returning home when a group of 10, allegedly owing allegiance to the Congress, attacked them.

The police said that Jayamma, her husband Narasimiah, Shamanna and his wife Shanthamma, and Venkatappa were among those injured.

Supporters of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress clashed over distribution of pamphlets near Little Lilly School on Nagarabhavi 80-feet Road. A group of Congress workers entered into a verbal altercation with the Janata Dal (Secular) workers after they were found distributing pamphlets and campaigning for H.D. Kumaraswamy near a polling booth.

When the Janata Dal (Secular) workers did not relent, a group of Congress men joined and campaigned for Tejaswini Gowda to the same voters following which they clashed. In the melee, the Janata Dal (S) activists snatched the Congress publicity material and tore them. However, no case was registered.

Arrested

A teacher was arrested by the Ramanagaram police on charges of impersonation at Neraluru village in Bangalore Rural constituency. The police said Ramu, a teacher, was asked by Ramappa Kallannavar, who was assigned for election work at Neraluru, to attend the election related work as he was busy in domestic work.

Cash found

The Adugodi police found Rs. 1.30 lakh in a bag at Lakshmanrao Slum on Wednesday night. Two persons came in a motorcycle with a bag, and when they saw the police checking vehicles, they abandoned the bag and fled.

Fake ID cards seized

Ijur police station in Bangalore Rural district arrested a man, Vijay Kumar, for allegedly creating fake Election Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) to help fake voters. Two of his associates escaped and Vijay Kumar was arrested, Mr. Singh said.

Proxy voting

At the Government Pre-University College, Kodigehalli, a case of proxy voting was reported. A couple, Devi Babu and Babu Krishnappa, arrived at the polling booth and were shocked to see that their vote had been cast. .

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