2 killed in poll-related violence in Odisha

first_imgTwo persons, including a candidate contesting the posts of sarpanch and panchayat samity member in Ganjam, the home district of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, were killed in group clashes related to the polls.Bulukumar Pradhan (34) was the candidate for sarpanch and panchayat samity member posts from Brahmanchhai panchayat under Shergarh Block, which is part of the Hinjli Assembly segment represented by the Chief Minister. The State Election Commission cancelled voting scheduled to be held in Brahmanchhai on Tuesday because of the deterioration of law and order situation. No voting was held in 12 booths of Brahmanchhai panchayat.Distribution of moneyTussle over allegation of distribution of money among voters had led to a violent clash at Brahmanchhai around 11 p.m. on Monday. Ten people were injured in the clash in which sharp weapons were used. It is alleged that taking advantage of the darkness, some miscreants had kidnapped Bulukumar, whose body was later found on the banks of the Rushikulya river flowing near the village.Six persons injured in the clash have been admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Subash Chandra Panda, though the situation was under control in Brahmanchhai, three platoons of armed forces have been deployed in the area as a precautionary measure. No one had been arrested till Tuesday evening.Other clashThe other clash and murder took place around midnight on Monday at Mardakot village under the Kodala police station limits. Three persons were injured in the violent clash. The deceased, Pitabas Swain (42), was a supporter of the sarpanch candidate contesting from the area. According to sources, allegation of distribution of money among voters in the dead of night ahead of polling day had led to the group clash.last_img

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