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Rajasthan polls: Arson, violence hit polls; gunshots rock Rajasthan

Monday, 2 December 2013 - 11:54am IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA

Keeping in mind the security requirement during the elections, a whopping 1.25-lakh security personnel had been deployed in the state. However, that did not deter miscreants from creating tension at various places throughout the state as disturbances were witnessed in Dausa, Alwar, Bharatpur and Sikar districts. Interestingly due to records pertaining to booth capturing and other forms of violence in the area, many booths in eastern Rajasthan were termed sensitive and extra force was deployed in the area.

Security personnel from Indo Tibetan Border Police fired two rounds of bullets in the air to disperse a crowd of supporters who were trying to disturb polling at a booth in Saleempur area of Dausa district. A tussle ensued after which the official had to resort to use of firearm to control the situation. “However, the polling was not disturbed in the area and continued smoothly,” confirmed additional director-general of police (law & order) Navdeep Singh. 

In Bharatpur district, an alleged attempt to capture two booths was foiled when some people tried to force their way into a polling station at Dhabak area in Nagar constituency. However, the situation was handled immediately by the authorities. Meanwhile, an attempt to capture booth in Rupwas in Bharatpur led to voting being suspended temporarily, sources said. The attempt was averted. During a small tussle in a booth in Deeg-Kumher area, a round was also accidentally fired as a gun fell out of an official’s hand. Besides this, a pick-up truck was set ablaze by miscreants at ward number fifteen at Fatehpur in Sikar district.

Meanwhile in Alwar district, security personnel opened fire in the air to control unruly mob which was trying to enter a polling station. “Some anti-social elements were disturbing the polling and misbehaved with the police, following which security personnel deployed for the polling arrangements opened fire in the air in the Jamdoli area,” said Jairam, SHO, Raini police station, adding that the polling process was not affected.

NPP supporter shot dead
During the day a tussle ensued between workers of BJP and NPP wherein a shot was fired from a gun. The bullet hit one NPP supporter who succumbed to the injury. Another worker was injured in the shootout and was referred to Jaipur for treatment.

Parbatsar MLA mobbed
Late on Sunday night, legislator from Parbatsar, Man Singh, was attacked by a mob of nearly two hundred people. The men who targeted the legislator could not be identified, cops said.

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