Polling Concluded amongst scattered incidents in Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya, 28 April. Apart from scattered ordinary incidents polling
was peaceful in the 14 wards of the Bodhgaya Town Panchayat. Polling
began slowly at the appointed time however by afternoon at many polling
stations over 50 percent of voters had cast their votes. In this great
celebration of democracy women, senior citizens and youths could be
seen standing in long lines in blistering sunshine to vote. [it was
about 107° F / 42° C in Bodhgaya on the 28th:-PGF]
In ward no. 9 in the first stages of voting some anti-social elements
in an effort to create dispute and trouble tore up voting papers. But
after a short while a police group including Superintendent Madhusudan
Bari, Police station in-charge S.K. Suman and the Assistant Election
Vigilance Officer promptly took measures due to which the halt in voting
was quickly ended and polling began again. But due to a lack of voting
slips and the crowds of voters the Bodhgaya Returning Officer declared
In polling booth no. 1 of ward no. 5 some mischievous elements threw
the empty polling box into a well which effected the voting for some
time. Some of the women voters standing in the queue to vote accused
the candidates of collusion with the police on duty at the polling station.
At booth 1 (kha) there were scuffles over voting by bogus voters. It
is said that in ward no. 7 the supporters and candidates of a particular
candidate whilst campaigning for their candidate were involved in fighting
and beating incidents with members of their own jati. In ward no. 12
a bomb was recovered from near the polling booth which the police were
able to successfully defuse. Candidates at the polling centre accused
one another of causing impersonators to cast votes. At voting centre
1 Mahadev Mehto (95) was seen happily casting his vote.
The greatest enthusiasm for the poll was seen amongst the women who
since early morning could be seen standing in great numbers at their
polling booths prepared to vote.
In ward no. 3 in the last stages of the poll an attempt at booth capturing
was made. But due to the alertness of the police the attempt was unsuccessful
although the booth looters threw stones and shot bullets at the police.
In a response to this the police officers fired 12 rounds according
to the information given by the police Superintendent. Along with this
nine people were arrested for casting false votes and causing trouble
in the election.
[Compare this with the polling in Gaya were four people were killed
during polling according to the Dainik Jagran:-PGF]