Clashes in Uri village after Cong candidates lose election

Mushtaq Ahmad

Baramulla: Several people were injured in Nambla village of border town Uri on Saturday evening in clashes that broke out after two Congress candidates lost the Panchayat elections held during the day.
Local sources said that an Independent candidate won the election in Ward C by defeating Congress candidate Dr Shabir Ahmad, while in Nambla Ward B, a woman candidate backed by the National Conference won the election against a woman candidate of the Congress party.
The two Congress candidates refused to concede defeat when the results were announced in the evening. The votes were recounted on their demand but the results came out the same. Soon after, scores of Congress workers attacked the winning candidates and polling staff, whereupon clashes ensued between supporters of the rival sides, local sources said.
The clashing supporters attacked each other with stones and sticks, leaving several persons with minor injuries. Government forces resorted to aerial firing to control the clashes, locals said. One person injured in the clashes was shifted to Uri hospital for treatment, they said.
The defeated Congress candidates said that when the votes were being counted, National Conference workers attacked the polling officials and also attacked the Congress candidates. They said that the NC workers also snatched the ballot papers and other documents and threw them on the ground.
NC workers blamed the Congress candidates and their supporters of disrupting the counting and attacking them and the polling staff.
A police officer said that “two groups clashed with each other after the elections but no one was hurt.”



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