Five dead during polling for UP gram pradhans
| Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 09:17
Lucknow: At least five people died on Tuesday during the second phase of polling for gram pradhans (village heads) in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
More than a dozen incidents of violence marred the polling.
During a booth capturing attempt in Gonda, an elderly person was shot dead. A woman was also killed in the violence.
In Meerut, two sects of the Muslim community fought pitched battles with each other while three policemen, including a senior official, were injured in Bahraich in a stone pelting incident.
Two people -- an election officer and a homeguard -- died during the polling following heart attacks.
Firing was also reported from Kishni in Mainpuri, Sikanderpur village in Firozabad and in Rewari.
Supporters of contestants fought with each other at a booth in Pilibhit, leaving four people injured.
Violence was also reported from Budayun, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Meerut, Gonda and Balrampur.