Bulandshahr: A voter in Bulandshahr parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday chopped off his finger allegedly as he had mistakenly cast his vote in the favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate instead of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Bhola Singh.
The incident was reported from Shikarpur area of the district which went to poll during the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections earlier in the day. (Full coverage on Lok Sabha Elections)
As per a report in the Hindustan Times, the voter is a Dalit and has been identified as 25-year-old Pawan Kumar. He is a resident of Abdullapur Hulasan village in the constituency.
Kumar had gone to vote for Yogesh Verma, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate. However, he ended up pressing the button in front of the BJP symbol. Later, to repent his mistake, the 25-year-old chopped off his finger with a chopper.
He also released a video of himself in which he can be seen saying that the reason behind him taking such an extreme step is to repent his mistake.
Eight Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh – Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina, Hathras, Aligarh, Amroha and Bulandshahr – went to polls in the second phase on Thursday. A total of 66.06 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the state.
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 began on April 11 and is scheduled to conclude on May 19. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.