UP Panchayat poll: Stray violence in final phase, turnout 73%

Amid sporadic violence that left five people injured, nearly 73 per cent voters today exercised their franchise in the fourth and final phase of the 3-tier Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

Lucknow: Amid sporadic violence that left
five people injured, nearly 73 per cent voters today exercised
their franchise in the fourth and final phase of the 3-tier
Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Five people were injured in clashes, stone-pelting and
incidents of firing in 11 districts during the polling, state
ADGP (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters here.

Elsewhere in the state, the voting was peaceful, he
said adding 15 people had been arrested in connection with the
violence.

At some places, including Parwana village in
Bulandshar district, police opened fired in the air and used
batons to restore calm as polling was held in 186 blocks in 70
districts across the state in the last phase.

In Kundanganj village in Rae Bareli district, a home
guard was injured while two received bullet wounds in clashes,
the ADGP said adding some persons also snatched the revolver
of a police sub-inspector.

In Bahraich district, a retired DSP, whose family
member was in the fray, tried to create a law and order
problem and was arrested.

Stray violence was also reported from Etawah, Gautam
Budh Nagar, Mirzapur, Saharanpur, Ravidas Nagar, Azamgarh,
Allahabad, Bhadohi and Ghaziabad, the ADGP said.

The state Election Commission said nearly 73 per cent
polling was recorded in the final phase.

-PTI