Bihar panchayat poll candidate killed
The fourth phase of panchayat polls is being held amidst tight security in Bihar under the shadow of the gunning down of a candidate for the post of mukhia late last night in Vishanpur village in Khagaria district.
Patna: The fourth phase of panchayat polls
is being held amidst tight security in Bihar on Saturday under the
shadow of the gunning down of a candidate for the post of
mukhia late last night in Vishanpur village in Khagaria
District superintendent of police Mitthu Prasad said
raids were being carried out to apprehend the killers of the
candidate Ranjeet Singh.
Meanwhile, four persons, including two candidates for
zila parishads were arrested for trying to lure voters with
money and about Rs 90000 seized from them during the day.
Official sources said the arrests and the seizure of
money were made in Madhubani and Nawada districts.
A zilla parishad candidate Sitayam Yadav was arrested
and Rs 55,956 seized from him from near a polling station
under Bisfi panchayat in Madhubani district while he was
trying to influence the voters with money, superintendent of
police Saurav Kumar said.
In a similar incident in Nawada district, police
arrested a zila parishad candidate Arun Prasad and his two
associates and seized Rs 34,000 from them while they were
trying to woo the voters with money.
In East Champaran district police fired two rounds in
the air to disperse a group of villagers after they clashed
with the police at polling centres under Bheriari panchayat,
superintendent of police Ganesh Kumar said adding no one was
injured in the incident.
In Munger district security forces removed banners and
posters put up by Maoists at several places calling for
boycott of panchayat polls, police said adding additional
security personnel, including CRPF, have been deployed in the
affected areas to ensure peaceful poll.
Elections are being held for 27,928 panchayat seats in
62 blocks, 19 of which being affected by Maoists. A total
12416 polling stations have been set up to enable about 53
lakh voters exercise their franchise, the sources said.