UP panchayat poll: bad candidates declared winners, additional returning officer reserved
On Wednesday evening, there was an arson attack in the Nai Bazar police outpost by backers of the candidates who alleged that they were not declared the winners due to fraud by the official.
Police arrested 18 people and filed four separate FIRs in connection with the police outpost vandalism and arson.
After the vote count on Tuesday, Ravi Nishad, a candidate from Panchayat district number 60, and Kodai Nishad, from district 61, claimed to have won the election with more than 2,000 votes, but the administration did not give them a certificate. .
On Wednesday morning, certificates of victory were given to Gopal Yadav for Ward 60 and Ramesh for Ward 61.
Ravi and Kodai supporters staged a protest at the Nai Bazar crossing, threw stones and also set fire to the police station there.
Taking note of the incident, District Magistrate Vijyendra Pandiyan ordered the votes to be matched by the voting booth and declared the winners Ravi and Kodai on Thursday.
“An FIR has been filed against ARO Virendra Kumar, who is an executive engineer in the irrigation department. A letter recommending action against him would be sent to the State Election Commission,” the DM said.
Police said: “Four cases under different sections of the IPC have been filed against 60 named and 500 unidentified people in connection with the vandalism. Based on the CCTV footage, we have arrested 18 people and are looking for them. others. ”
SSP Dinesh P Kumar said strict action will be taken against those involved in the arson.