Lucknow: Amid sporadic violence, nearly 44 per cent voters on Wednesday exercised their franchise for the second phase of three-tier urban local bodies elections in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
“Till 5 PM, 43.68 per cent votes were polled in 17 districts,” state Election Commissioner S K Agarwal told reporters here.
Clashes were reported at two places in Agra where police used force to restore calm, he said.
Two groups clashed and indulged in brickbatting at Kabir Inter College in Naripura area, Agarwal said adding a Circle Officer was injured in violence.
Police cane-charged troublemakers in Ghari Chanani area in Agra to restore calm, the SEC said adding 16 people were arrested in connection with violence.
The trouble erupted when an independent candidate entered a booth along with his supporters, he said.
In Kanpur, polling for a ward was suspended after name of Congress candidate Ajay Kumar Mishra was misprinted as Aditya Kumar Mishra.
Repolling would be held on June 29, Agarwal said.
In Bhadoi, police swung batons to disperse two clashing groups at M A Samad Inter-College while some persons damaged a vehicle of a candidate in Gopiganj.
Incidents of booth-capturing were reported at two places in Jaithara area in Etah district after which people blocked road traffic.
In Chandauli, local leaders and workers of the BJP, the Kaumi Ekta Dal and some Independents staged a sit-in alleging bogus voting in a ward near Ghandhi Park.
Police used mild force to disperse them and bring the situation under control.
On report of a three-year-old girl casting vote, Agarwal said this was not true.
“In reality, the girl accompanied her father who went to exercise his franchise. On insistence of the girl, the staff applied ink on her finger,” he said.
The districts covered in the second phase are Prabuddh Nagar, Baghpat, Bulandshahr, Rampur, Bareilly, Agra, Etah, Kanpur, Allahabad, Hardoi, Shravasti, Barabanki, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Chandauli and Sant Ravidas Nagar.
Polling was held at 2811 polling centres for five Municipal Corporations, 50 Nagar Palika and 108 Nagar Panchayats.
The local bodies polls are held in four phases. The counting will take place on July seven.
A teacher on election duty died in Hardoi district, police said.
Paragi Lal Mallawa fell ill and was taken to a community health centre where he died, they said.
In Allahabad, nearly 31 per cent of over 10 lakh voters exercised their franchise sealing the fate of 29 Mayoral candidates, all of them women,
Clashes erupted at some polling centres in old city area. Elsewhere in the city, the polling passed off peacefully.
In twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad, several people complained their names were missing from voters’ lists.
Vivek Singh, who turned up at government inter-college polling booth to exercise his franchise, said “I and my whole family have cast votes in the recenly-concluded state assembly election.
“But, now our names have been missing from the voters’ list,” he said.
The turnout was nealy 56 per cent in Ayodhya-Faizabad. Faizabad District Magistrate J P Gupta said the polling was generally peaceful in the city.
Meanwhile in Kanpur, six people were injured in a clash between supporters of two rival candidates.
Twelve people have been arrested in this connection, he said.
DIG Amitabh Yash said extra police force has been deployed in the area to maintain peace.