JAJPUR: The fourth phase polling in Bari and Jajpur blocks on Friday was marred by several incidents of violence, booth capturing and snatching of ballot boxes. The police also recovered 11 live bombs from booth no. 2 of Dattapur village of Bari block.
District election office sources said miscreants snatched ballot boxes from booth no. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 at Golkund panchayat under Bari block and dumped them in nearby ponds. Similarly, ballot boxes from booth no 10 and 11 of Ratalanga under the same block were dumped in a well.
Miscreants also snatched two ballot boxes from two booths in Jahanpur and Chhatis Debil of Jajpur block, report said.
In another incident, miscreants looted ballot papers from two booths in Bandhapada and Nurupur panchayats of Bari block wherein polling had to be stopped. The day also witnessed clashes between supporters of two political parties outside the booth in Jhalapada panchayat under Jajpur block.
The previous night, 12 Congress supporters were injured, six of them seriously, at Mainda under Binjharpur police limits. They were allegedly attacked by the supporters of the rival BJD.
The injured were admitted to a local hospital and later shifted to SCB Medical, Cuttack, after their condition deteriorated. So far 19 persons have been injured in three separate post-poll violence in the district.