Election by and large peaceful: Auradkar

 Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar has described the election on Sunday “by and large peaceful.”

He said except for minor skirmishes and two fake voter rings being busted in Bommanahalli and Chickpet constituencies, no untoward incidents were reported in the City.

Tension prevailed at a polling booth in Vinayaka Layout when a few workers raised slogans in favour of the Congress. The BJP and JD(S) workers came to the spot and a verbal dual ensued. Police took several people into custody.

In KHB Colony, two groups accused each other of distributing money to voters in a slum. “Our men brought the situation under control. The money was not recovered as reported,” said Basaveshwarnagar police.

A few voters quarrelled with each other at a polling booth near the Basaveshwarnagar water tank as a large number of  voters turned up by noon. Police intervened and restored order. A few rival party workers alleged that a BJP worker was distributing money to voters and demanded that he be arrested. “Our men denied such a thing happened,” said Mahadevapura police inspector.

The Congress and JD(S) workers allegedly indulged in a scuffle some time after voting began at a booth in Yeshwantpur police station limits. “Nothing of that sort happened and the voting process was peaceful in our jurisdiction,” said the Yeshwantpur police inspector.

A police head constable was assaulted by a BJP worker in Ramamurthynagar. Basavappa was controlling the crowd when an argument broke out between him and BJP workers. Police rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.

Counting centres

Five counting centres have been set up in the City at V H D Home Science College, Seshadri Road (for Bangalore Urban constituencies), Mount Carmel PU College (for BBMP Central), Maharani’s Arts College (for BBMP North), SSMRV PU College (for BBMP South) and Government Ram Narayan Chellaram College (for Bangalore Rural).

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