Thursday, October 14, 2004

Dalits barred from voting in UP bypolls

LUCKNOW Oct. 13. — Dalits were barred from voting in many areas in the by-elections to 12 Assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Four persons died in group clashes in the state which recorded nearly 55 per cent polling.

At least two persons were killed in a firing at Mainpuri. One death each was reported from Athrauli and Karchana. Twelve people were injured in clashes.

Dalits were not allowed to vote in Salahapur and Hatwa under the Allahabad (West) Assembly constituency. In Karchana, Dalits alleged that Samajwadi Party supporters allegedly fired upon them leaving one dead and several injured. Dalits were also stopped from voting in several villages of Baghra Assembly constituency in Muzaffarnagar where Rashtriya Lok Dal supporters went on a rampage. Several persons, said to be supporters of the Bahujan Samaj Party, were injured in Baiswal and Pigna.

Source: The Statesman, October 14, 2004


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