Election campaign vehicle set on fire

The incident took place when Bishnupriya Sahu, a BJD sarpanch nominee, was returning in her campaign vehicle.

Published: 07th February 2022 08:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2022 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

Election, violence, campaigning

Image used for representational purpose only.

By Express News Service

BERHAMPUR: Politically-sensitive Ganjam district is once again the middle of pre-poll violence with the campaign vehicle of a woman sarpanch candidate set on fire in Goudagaon village within K Nuagaon police limits.

The incident took place when Bishnupriya Sahu, a BJD sarpanch nominee, was returning in her campaign vehicle. The fire destroyed all poll materials including posters, sound box and mic. Eye witnesses informed the police which rushed to the spot and began investigation into the matter. While Sahu escaped unhurt, her supporters believe this is the handiwork of rebel leaders in the party.

ALSO READ: Elections must be fought on issue of development not caste or religion: Priyanka Gandhi

Spurts of violence were earlier reported in the coastal district where at least 15 persons have been injured in clashes during filing of nominations for the panchayat polls. Police have arrested over a dozen of persons, reported to be workers of the BJD and BJP, for their involvement in poll-related violence at Dharakote, Jarada, K Nuagaon, Hinjili, Gopalpur and Digapahandi. 

To avoid recurrence of political violence during the rural polls this year, the district police issued notices under sections 107 and 110 of the CrPC to a whopping over 10,000 mischief mongers across the jurisdiction of 23 police stations. However, it failed to give the desired result. Political analysts urged administration and police to be more vigilant to check such situations with campaigning is on in full swing. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp