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2 killed as violence mars 3rd phase of UP Panchayat polls

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Lucknow: Two persons were killed and many others injured as violence marred the third phase of Uttar Pradesh gram panchayat polls which recorded a voter turnout of around 73 percent on Saturday.

State Election Commissioner S K Agarwal said that two persons were killed in poll-related violence.

The deaths were reported from Ghazipur and Fatehpur districts, he said.

Meanwhile, 35-year-old Mahendra Yadav, son of former BSP MLA Rajbali Yadav was today shot at during his morning walk in Datsingar locality, he said.

Agarwal, however, maintained that barring few incidents, the third phase of polling was “by and large peaceful”.

He said that in Firozabad two policemen, including the Station House Officer Mukesh Chandra and constable Rajendra Singh were suspended and an FIR of murder was lodged against them.

Agarwal noted that in Rampur, at least 10 persons, including a policeman, were injured in a clash when the police tried to prevent sweets-distribution by a candidate.

The incident was reported yesterday when the police raided Ahmadabad village, where Afsad Hussain, contesting for the gram pradhan elections, was allegedly distributing sweets among his electorates.

People resisted the raid and resorted to stone pelting in which constable Charan Singh received injuries on his head, police said.

A case of violation of model code of conduct was registered against 50 persons, including the poll candidate.