A day after a clash broke out between Congress and SAD supporters after the latter allegedly tried to capture a polling booth at Mann village in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badals constituency Lambi,26 Congressmen and several unidentified persons were booked by the Muktsar police. Rural Punjab voted in zila parishad and block samiti polls on Sunday.
They have been booked for attempt to murder,damaging public and private property and attacking a government official Jawan Satwinder Singh from the anti-riot cell had received facial injuries in the scuffle.
Following Sundays attack,six vehicles were set on fire even as police had to resort to mild lathicharge and firing in air to disperse the mob. Congress workers had alleged that the clash started after some SAD workers armed with guns,hockey sticks,iron rods and bats tried to capture booths at the village.
All the accused are from Mann village. As per the statement given by villagers,all are Congress supporters. We have detained a few persons and are raiding various places for more, Muktsar SSP Surjit Singh said.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of one Baljinder Singh,who had sustained injuries in the scuffle. We have no idea Baljinder supports which party,but he is from the same village and received multiple injuries, the SSP added.
Meanwhile,re-polling at seven booths in Muktsar,Fazilka and Faridkot were held peacefully on Monday. On Sunday,there were reports of ballot papers being snatched and booth capturing from these areas. While Congress had blamed SAD for such incidents,the police have registered FIRs against unknown persons in all the cases.
On Monday,re-polling took place in Muktsars Rumana village,where ballot papers were allegedly torn and fake voting reported at booth numbers 138 and 139. Congress alleged that SAD workers are behind the incident but no one recognised the alleged accused. Hence,an FIR was registered against unknown persons, said SSP Singh.
In Fazilka too,where re-polling took place at four booths in Churriwala Chisti and Ojhanwali villages,the presiding officer could not identify the persons who had damaged election material. Hence,an FIR was registered against unknown persons.
At Malluka Patti in Faridkot,former Congress Minister Avtar Singh Brar had alleged that SAD leaders had indulged in booth capturing and even fled with one ballot box. However,SSP Gurmeet Singh Randhawa said no accused has been identified in the case.
Indargarh booth records 82.63% voting
Moga: Indargarh villages booth number 155,where re-polling took place on Monday,registered 82.63 per cent voting. On Sunday,amidst reports of ballot papers being torn and bogus votes,polling was held in peaceful manner.