Tamil Nadu registered 63.73 per cent polling for the 38 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday even as paramilitary forces fired in the air near Arakkonam in Vellore district to disperse a restive crowd. The by-poll to 18 assembly constituencies held along the Lok Sabha polls saw 67.08 per cent voting percentage. The polling percentages are as of 5 PM.

Voting drew to a close in the state at 6 PM, except in Madurai, where polling has been allowed till 8 PM in view of the local temple festival.

All voters who had turned up at polling stations ahead of 6 PM were allowed to vote.

A senior police official told PTI that paramilitary forces had to open fire near Arakkonam to disperse crowds and more details were awaited.

Arani Lok Sabha seat registered 76.49 per cent turnout and the voting percentage in other Parliamentary seats ranged between 55.07 (lowest in Kanyakumari) and Chidambaram 70.73 per cent.

The assembly polls saw Harur in Dharmapuri district recording a turnout of 79.91 per cent while that in other seats were between 51.44 (lowest in Periyakulam) and 78.12 per cent (Nilakkottai).

Perambur in the city recorded 59.45 per cent votes.

Earlier, the DMK had charged the ruling AIADMK with planning to do “booth-capturing” towards the close of voting.

Tamil Nadu has a total of 67,720 polling stations and 7,780 booths have been categorised as critical and vulnerable where more Central Armed Police Forces personnel, and micro-observers were deployed.