FIR against 400 unidentified SP workers for violence in Kaushambi
Violence had broken out between SP-Apna Dal (K) party workers supporting candidate Pallavi Patel and BJP workers over the demand of recounting of all rounds on the Sirathu assembly seat from where deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya was contesting polls. Maurya lost the poll by over 7000 votes.
An FIR has been registered against 400 unidentified Samajwadi Party (SP) workers for attacking cops, obstructing government work and vandalism during counting of votes in Sirathu seat of Kaushambi on Thursday evening, police said.
To note, violence had broken out between Samajwadi Party (SP)-Apna Dal (K) party workers supporting candidate Pallavi Patel and BJP workers over the demand of recounting of all rounds on the Sirathu assembly seat on Thursday from where Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya was contesting polls. Maurya eventually lost the poll by over 7000 votes.
The FIR has been lodged at Sadar Kotwali police station of Kaushambi on Friday on the complaint of SHO Vinod Kumar Singh.
The SHO said counting of votes for Sirathu assembly constituency had to be stopped after allegations of anomalies on Thursday evening. Deputy CM Keshav Prasad’s son Yogesh had claimed that EVM display was showing more votes than recorded. Samajwadi Party candidate Pallavi Patel had also reached the counting site. Meanwhile, SP workers allegedly assembled outside the counting venue and clashed with BJP workers. The enraged workers pelted cops with stones and damaged vehicles besides attempting to break the gate of the venue. Some cops received injuries in the violence. Paramilitary force chased away the mob and restored order.
Singh said the unidentified persons were being tracked through available video footages. Police have raided homes of SP leaders and their offices as well as seized three motorcycles parked outside the counting place.