Kendrapara, February 17: In Odisha’s Tikanpur and Jiralo villages, tension prevailed after the son of a Panchayat poll aspirant supported by the BJP was kidnapped allegedly by supporters of her rival candidate on Wednesday night. In Tikanpur village which comes under Patkura police, the locals had blocked the main road for several hours by burning tyres in protest against the incident. The victim identified as Ganeswar Kundu (28), son of Sabitri Kundu, was kidnapped from Tikanpur while he was returning to his home in Jilrao after campaigning for his mother in Ramachandrapur village on Wednesday night, The New Indian Express.
According to reports, Sabitri Kundu is a BJP candidate contesting the poll from Zilla Parishad zone 10. Afte her son was kidnapped Sabitri had filed a police complaint alleging that supporters of her rival candidate were involved in the kidnapping. The police investigation is on. Also, the State Election Commission has ordered re-polling in Wards 1,2,3,4,5,6,10 and 11 under Ramachandrapur.
As soon as the first phase polling for the Odisha Panchayat Polls ended on Monday, a mob had barged into the polling booth at Ramachandrapur village under Patkura police limits and took away six ballot boxes that contained the counted ballot papers.
On Thursday the mob also assaulted the polling staff and then set the ballot boxes on fire. The incident took place when the officials from Election Commission were getting ready to go to Gardpur block office to deposit the ballot boxes. In another poll-related violence on Wednesday night, rioters torched a makeshift office of the BJP in Jaanra village under Nikirai police limits.
Also, motorcycle-borne assailants hurled country bombs at the house of sarpanch candidate, Jyotirmayee Das of Karilopatana gram panchayat under Patkura police limits on Wednesday night after the polling for second phase ended. Cops in Odisha have seized remains of some explosive materials near the house of Jyotirmayee Das. Also, a police complaint was filed in Patkura police station on Wednesday.