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Violence in UP Elections

Violence in UP: Grenades thrown to stop independent candidate from election nomination

TBL web desk

On Thursday, massive violence broke out in various districts of Uttar Pradesh during nominations for the elections of block head in 825 blocks of the state.

Three people were injured in a firing in the Sitapur district. Mata Prasad Pandey, former assembly speaker was reportedly heckled in Siddharthnagar.

The clashes, in most places, erupted between the supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP). Incidents of stone-pelting were reported near various block offices between the supporters of these parties. Lathicharge on the supporters was done by the police to control the situation.

At some other places, the police allegedly did not interfere to stop the violence. The leaders of SP claimed that many of their candidates were prevented to file their nominations, either by the workers of BJP or the state police.

The most intense violence was reported in the Kasmanda block of the Kamlapur police station area in Sitapur. As per the reports, grenades were thrown by unknown people to stop an independent candidate to file his nomination. Several rounds of firing were reported, causing panic in the area. The police were unable to control the violence despite the lathi-charge.

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