BDC polls: 1 dead, another injured in clash in Pratapgarh

Prayagraj: During the panchayat election campaigning, two rival candidates in the fray for the post of block development council (BDC) member opened fire on each other resulting in the death of a man and a gunshot injury to the leg of another at Sinndhaur village under Jethwara police station of Pratapgarh district on Saturday. An investigation was initiated into the incident, said SHO of Jethwara police station Sanjay Pandey.
Saturday was the last day of campaigning as the polling is set to be held here on April 19. According to the SHO, Hasina Begum, wife of Vakeel alias Munda, a resident of Nautarwa Sindhur village under the Jethwara police station area is contesting the panchayat elections for the post of BDC member. Enulhassan (38), son of Sharif and a resident of Panti village, is also contesting the polls for the same post.
On Saturday, the convoy of both the candidates came face-to-face near Shamshad’s house in Phulpur on Saturday morning and soon both sides clashed and also opened fire on each other.
Umar Khan’s son Waheed (40) from Hasina Begum’s side sustained a gunshot injury to the shoulder and chest while Enulhassan was shot in the leg. Waheed was rushed to the district hospital but died. Enulhassan was taken to Baghrai community health centre (CHC) from where the doctors referred him to Prayagraj, informed the official.
The SHO said that additional police have been deployed on the spot to ensure peace in the area and efforts were on to nab all the accused involved in the incident.


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