10 injured in poll-related clash in Muzaffarnagar

At least ten people, including three women, were injured in a clash between two groups at Kaserwa village in the district, police said Wednesday.

Muzaffarnagar: At least ten people,
including three women, were injured in a clash between two
groups at Kaserwa village in the district, police said today.

A verbal duel broke out yesterday when a youth tried to
remove a banner of a gram pradhan candidate after the first
phase of panchayat polls here. The argument later turned
violent in which ten persons were injured, they said, adding
that the victims have been shifted to a hospital.

In yet another incident of election-related violence, a
youth was found murdered at Kairana police station area in the
district.

Satish (25) was found dead yesterday. His uncle has
lodged a complaint against five persons, including Arvind, a
candidate who contested in the panchayat polls.

The body has been sent for postmortem, police said ,
adding that they are probing into the incident.

Meanwhile, taking a note of large scale violence in
the first phase of panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh, the State
Election Commission has directed the district level officers
to keep a check on such incidents in the second round of
elections.

"It has come to the knowledge of the Commission that
its instruction in connection with preventive measures and law
and order have not been complied strictly with, which has
resulted in violent incidents in some districts," the SEC said
in a circular send to all district magistrates and police
chiefs.

The Commission has directed the officials to ensure
that no person is allowed to carry licenced arms during the
polling period.

The Commission has also imposed a ban on movement of
vehicles.

"No vehicle which does not have valid pass issued by
the DM should not be allowed to ply," it said.

Meanwhile, State Election Commissioner Rajendra
Bhonwal
has also sought a report from the Principal Secretary Home and
Director General of Police on the violence reported in the
first phase.

Taking a serious note, the Commission has warned that
stern action would be taken against officials from where
incidents of violence were reported in the second phase.

PTI

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