Vi­o­lence mars polls in 5 dis­tricts, 10 in­jured

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RA­JASTHAN VOTES Three peo­ple hurt in fight be­tween two groups in Churu, ten­sion in Pokaran JAIPUR:

More than 10 peo­ple were in­jured in var­i­ous in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence across five dis­tricts on the day Ra­jasthan went to polls on Fri­day.

In Churu dis­trict, three peo­ple were in­jured in a clash be­tween two groups at Khud­era Ch­hota vil­lage, po­lice said. The in­jured were iden­ti­fied as Viren­dra Singh, Chatar Singh and Ugaram Jat.

“The in­jured have been rushed to the gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal and un­der­go­ing treat­ment. In­juries are not griev­ous,” said Narayan Dan, cir­cle of­fi­cer, Ratan­garh.

Com­mu­nal ten­sion pre­vailed in Pokaran in Jaisalmer dis­trict af­ter two groups of peo­ple pelted stones on each other and also set ablaze some shops af­ter the polling process was over. The sit­u­a­tion was brought un­der control by 7pm, po­lice said.

In Bikaner dis­trict, a tus­sle broke out be­tween two groups at Ja­gasar vil­lage in Ko­layat con­stituency around 8.15am.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Devi Singh Bhati, who is the fa­ther-in­law of Poonam Kan­war, the BJP can­di­date from Ko­layat con­stituency, along with 10-15 men, en­tered within 300 me­tres near Ja­gasar polling booth in three dif­fer­ent cars. When he was stopped by one Ya­roon Khan, Bhati’s sup­port­ers al­legedly started pelt­ing stones at Khan’s ve­hi­cle and set ablaze an­other ve­hi­cle.

Two sup­port­ers of Bhati, iden­ti­fied as Jal Singh Bhati and Vish­wa­jeet Singh, al­legedly also stopped a Haryana num­ber car and beat up five per­sons present in the car, the po­lice said, adding that the vic­tims were in­jured.

The sit­u­a­tion was brought un­der control in half -an-hour, the po­lice said. “A team was

The ver­bal spat be­tween two groups turned phys­i­cal .., (at) one of the polling cen­tres. Both the groups claimed that fake vot­ers were en­ter­ing the polling booth to cast votes. As the mat­ter heated up, both started beat­ing up each other

GOVERD­HAN LAL KHATIK, ir­cle of­fi­cer, Fateh­pur

im­me­di­ately rushed to the spot and in­jured were ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal,” said Dal­pat Singh Bhati, cir­cle of­fi­cer, Ko­layat.

In Sikar dis­trict, an ar­gu­ment over pres­ence of al­leged fake vot­ers at a polling cen­tre in Fateh­pur town led to a clash be­tween work­ers of two po­lit­i­cal par­ties, dis­rupt­ing the polling for some time.

“The ver­bal spat be­tween two groups turned phys­i­cal at Sub­hash gov­ern­ment school, one of the polling cen­tres. Both the groups claimed that fake vot­ers were en­ter­ing the polling booth to cast votes. As the mat­ter heated up, both started beat­ing up each other,” said Goverd­han Lal Khatik, cir­cle of­fi­cer, Fateh­pur.

Two mo­tor­bikes out­side the premises were set ablaze, the po­lice said, adding that po­lice per­son­nel used force to dis­perse the mob. “Within 10-15 min­utes, the sit­u­a­tion was brought un­der control,” an of­fi­cial said.

In Bharat­pur dis­trict, sit­ting MLA and BJP can­di­date from Na­gar con­stituency, Anita Singh’s gun­man was as­saulted by some uniden­ti­fied per­sons at Rasiya vil­lage in the con­stituency. Singh asked the au­thor­i­ties to re­move crowd from the polling booth and the sit­u­a­tion was brought un­der control. Some mis­cre­ants also tried to at­tack Singh, but she was saved by her gun­man, po­lice said.

Ad­di­tional su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice at Deeg, Ma­hesh Meena said, “Af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion, ad­di­tional po­lice per­son­nel were de­ployed there to main­tain law and or­der. We are iden­ti­fy­ing the mis­cre­ants and will take le­gal ac­tion against them.”

Meena added, “Two per­sons were in­jured in a clash be­tween two groups at Moroli vil­lage in Na­gar con­stituency. In­jured were ad­mit­ted at the lo­cal com­mu­nity health cen­tre in Deeg for treat­ment.”

In Al­war, a brawl broke out at one of the polling booths at Palava vil­lage in Al­war dis­trict around 3pm, po­lice said. Se­cu­rity per­son­nel of para­mil­i­tary force fired a bul­let in the air control the sit­u­a­tion.

Ra­jasthan spe­cial di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (law and or­der) NRK Reddy said, “Un­to­ward in­ci­dents were re­ported from Bikaner, Pokaran, Sikar and Churu dis­tricts.”

HI­MAN­SHU VYAS/HT PHOTO

Vot­ers queue up at a polling booth in the back­drop of cen­turies-old tem­ple spires and a mosque, in the his­tor­i­cal town­ship of Am­ber, in Jaipur dis­trict on Fri­day.

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State Congress chief Sachin Pilot shows his ink mark af­ter cast­ing vote at a polling booth in Jalupura school in Jaipur on Fri­day.

PRAB­HAKAR SHARMA/HT

107-year-old Bholi Devi with her fam­ily mem­bers af­ter cast­ing vote in Jaipur.

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Dakha Devi, 114, is car­ried to a polling booth at Barkat­ul­lah Khan sta­dium in Jodh­pur.

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