Monday, March 29, 2010

Have you heard of Sanjay Palace Road in city?

Have you heard of Sanjay Palace Road in city?

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 29 Mar 2010 04:31:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 29 Mar 2010 07:53:51 AM IST
BANGALORE: Ever been to Sanjay Palace Road in Bangalore? It is unlikely, for there is no such road in the city.
However, 300 fake voters, all residents of the road that does not exist, turned up at the Ganagpanagar (Ward No 20) polling station on Sunday, only to be caught by the poll officials. This was just one of the many cases of ‘creative exercise of franchise’ that the city saw during the BBMP polls.
In between minor fights and verbal altercations between parties, the BBMP polling process was carried out peacefully across the 198 wards, said city police commissioner Shankar Bidari on Sunday.
Though serious fights and mild lathi charges were witnessed in parts of the city, only five cases were registered. Two cases of bogus voting was reported at R T Nagar, where six individuals were arrested.
Around 10 am on Sunday, two accused, Venkatesh and T Murthy, were found seated in a car with Rs 85,525 in cash and 10 fake voter ID cards outside the polling booth near Adarsh School.
They were allegedly persuading people to vote for the Congress candidate Govindaraju.
Following a complaint lodged by one Madhusudhan, two cases were registered and six persons arrested.
Another case was registered at Wilson Garden police station against five — Sadashivaiah, Babu, Anil Reddy, Chandrashekar and Gajendra — for assaulting Hanumantharaju at 11.30 am, while he had gone to cast his vote. In the same division, one Rajshekaraiah alleged that he was beaten up by a gang of five.
The Congress candidate of Ejipura (ward no 148), has alleged that at about 11.45 am when he entered the booth to enquire about the response of voters, four JD(S) agents allegedly picked up a fight, accusing him of canvassing inside the booth. A case was registered with the Viveknagar police.
Peenya police have also registered a case against former cricketer Dodda Ganesh and his wife Neethu, JD(S) candidate from HMT ward, for allegedly blocking a road and disturbing traffic.
Shankar Bidari added that during elections, fights between parties are bound to happen.
“I was even told about a head constable who was canvassing for his relative. As a precautionary measure, we have brought him to the control room,” he added.

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