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Tension in Madhugiri

Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: There was tension in Madhugiri on Monday evening after Congress supporters led by G. Parameshwar, member of the Congress Working Committee, staged a protest in front of the taluk offices complex, where the office of the returning officer for the Madhugiri constituency is located.

Dr. Parameshwar said that the Congress activists caught some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers transporting liquor in three mini trucks in the evening in Madhugiri. But the officials of the Police and Excise departments tried to let them go, he alleged.

The Congress activists took the vehicles to Returning Officer Gopala and demanded that a case be registered against the BJP. When Mr. Gopala tried to “overlook the incident”, the Congress workers started protesting.

Meanwhile, a large number of Janata Dal (Secular) workers joined the protesting Congress activists. Dr. Parameshwar and Anita Kumaraswamy, Janata Dal (S) candidate, sought to know how the vehicles were allowed into Madhugiri though check-posts were set up on the outskirts of the town.

Tension prevailed when the protestors did not allow the returning officer to leave his office in the evening.

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