UP panchayat polls: Two killed, 18 injured in second phase

Two persons, including a woman, were killed and 18 others injured today in clashes between rival groups during the second phase of three-tier panchayat elections across Uttar Pradesh which recorded 75 per cent polling.

Lucknow: Two persons, including a woman,
were killed and 18 others injured today in clashes between
rival groups during the second phase of three-tier panchayat
elections across Uttar Pradesh which recorded 75 per cent
polling.

"Two persons were killed and 18 others including three
poll officials and a policeman injured in election related
clashes in the state. A total of 21 such violent incidents
took place during the panchayat polls," Additional Director
General of Police (Law and Order) Brijlal told reporters here.
A person was killed in firing when two contestants
clashed during polling in Jahanpur village at Muzaffarnagar.

In Firozabad, Guddi Devi was killed in firing and
another person injured in Sengri village when rival workers
clashed, the ADGP said, adding both cases were firing among
rival groups.

Rival workers used firearms and indulged in heavy
brick-batting during clashes in Firozabad, Amethi,
Muzaffarnagar, Jaunpur and other places, he said.

In Jaunpur district, the jeep of a sector magistrate
was set afire in Khetapur village when rival groups alleged
fake voting in the booth.

Six persons were injured in brick batting between
rival groups in Ziyarmau village of Jaunpur.

According the ADG, 21 incidents of pouring ink in
ballot boxes was reported in as many districts while five
incidents of ballot box snatching also took place.

"A total of 38 persons have been arrested so far for
creating disturbance in polling process," Brijlal added.

Sporadic clashes were also reported from various parts
of Allahabad. Two jeeps and an equal number of motorcycles
were damaged in the stone-pelting while five persons were
injured in the lathi-charge that ensued at Kaundhiyara block.

The State Election Commission said that seventy-five
per cent voting was registered in the second phase of polling.

Four persons were killed and over 36 injured in
clashes between rival groups during the first-phase of
panchayat elections on October 11.

Polling was held at 15,312 wards of Chettra panchayat,
635 of zila panchayat and over 1.54 lakh of village panchayats
spread over 198 development blocks in the state.

-PTI

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