Bhopal: There was violent clash today between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers armed with lathis and rods and the police had to fire in the air to prevent booth capturing and control the situation during polling in Ater constituency in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh.
Several vehicles, including that of the Congress candidate, was damaged by the rampaging mob in Ater constituency.
According to a senior television journalist, the clash started in Ater constituency after BJP men captured the Sankri poll booth and the police remained mute spectator.
Polling began this morning for the by-elections to Bhind District’s Ater and Umaria District’s Bandhavgarh (Scheduled Tribe) assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh.
According to an official version: “A Congress worker overstayed inside a polling booth at Sankri in Ater. Though he was made to leave, a clash took place between polling agents of the two parties outside the booth. Later, police resorted to firing in the air to control the situation. In view of the clash, Congress candidate Hemant Katare was taken into police safety.”