Mishap triggers poll boycott

Following a road mishap that claimed two lives on Thursday night on the National Highway, angered residents of Shettihalli, Channarayapatna taluk, boycotted the Gram Panchayat polls, on Friday.

Two motorbike borne persons were killed and one sustained severe injuries in a mishap that occurred near Shettihalli Circle, on Thursday. Irked over the mishap, the residents of Shettihalli took a sudden decision to boycott the polls on Friday morning.

Speaking to the paper, the residents said, they had demanded a flyover, a service road and a signal when the works for laying the four-lane was started. But, the authorities chose to ignore their request and went ahead with the works.

The residents claimed that there is no UGD facilities and though a road hump was laid near the signal, the speeding vehicles do not notice it, resulting in mishaps that have claimed several lives, they complained.

As soon as the news of the poll boycott reached him, MLA C N Balakrishna held discussion with the authorities concerned over telephone. Despite Tahsildar K Krishna visiting the village and convincing them to cast their vote, the residents did not budge and refrained from voting. In all, there are 675 voters in polling booth number 141 in the village.

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