Kanpur: Sweets are passe, it’s not ‘rasgullas’, ‘jalebis’ or ‘samosas’ any more as the barter value of voters’ choice has gone up with the day of panchayat election voting approaching near. Consequently, a candidate went on to lure voters by distributing a combo of chicken meat, ‘pavva’ (liquor quarter) and cash in Mahoba district.
A team from the Mahobkanth police station conducted a raid on late Sunday night and seized a huge quantity of chicken meat packets, ‘pavvas’ and cash from a village panchayat candidate’s son and a relative who were delivering them at voters’ homes.
Heera Singh, the village head candidate, his son Balwan Singh and relative Baaghraj Singh have been booked for violating the model code of conduct.
Heera Singh gave a slip to police, but his son Balwaan and relative Baaghraj were arrested.
Senior sub-inspector of Mahobkanth police station Suraj Prasad told TOI, “The candidate, his son and his relative were delivering packets of 500gm chicken meat, a ‘pavva’ and Rs 1,000 in cash to voters at their homes near a government basic school in Riwai village on Sunday night.”
“Our team swung into action on receiving information at around 11.45pm and raided the spot. The village head candidate Heera Singh escaped, but his son Balwan Singh and relative Baaghraj were arrested. Chicken meat packets, ‘pavvas’ and Rs 10,000 in cash were recovered from them. We have registered a case against them under relevant sections, including section 171 E (punishment for bribery) of Indian Penal Code,” he added.
Mahoba district goes to polls in the first phase on April 15.