Bhind (MP): At least 12 people were today injured in separate incidents of violence during panchayat polls in Bhind district, administration and police officials said.
"Some armed men opened fire at Kareela village panchayat to scare away voters. They took away EVMs and threw them outside the polling booth damaging them," District Collector Madhukar Agnay and Superintendent of Police Vineet Khanna told reporters.
"In Lavankhurd village, miscreants damaged EVMs and prevented poor people from casting their votes," they said.
Six persons were injured in firing in Rari village panchayat and four others were wounded in Remjha village as the members of rival groups indulged in a clash and attacked each other with sticks and axes, officials said.
In Asbar village panchayat, members of Rambir and Anup Tyagi groups fired at each other. Police have registered a case under section 307 (attempt to murder) against 19 people and arrested ten of them, the SP said.
EVMs were also damaged in Pannapura and Prithvipur village panchayats while incidents of firing were reported from Nisar village, but nobody was injured.
The district collector said he had recommended re-polling at Lavankhurd and Kareela village panchayats.
He said that wherever they received complaints about faulty EVMs, the devices were replaced or repaired on the spot.