POONCH: In a typical case of campaigning by an Independent candidate for councilor, the candidate and his supporters ransacked the house of a widow and injured her when she refused to vote for him.
The Independent candidate of ULB elections in the border town of Poonch Sunil Sharma son of late Labhu Ram resident of Purani Poonch alongwith his supporters Satish Sharma alias Satti a medical employee son of Jagan Nath, Jatin Sharma son of Romesh Chander and Navjot Singh son of Hardev Singh all residents of Purani Poonch and Sunny resident of Jammu went to the house of Nirmla widow of Hardev Lal resident of Purani Poonch and asked her to vote in his favour. On her denial there was a duel between them when the candidate and his supporters attacked and injured her and ransacked her house damaging the households including costly gadgets.
Hundreds of the people gathered on the spot and condemned the vandalism by the Independent candidate with his supporters and demanded their immediate arrest. They also shifted the injured widow to District Hospital Poonch and hospitalised her.
Meanwhile all the 17 BJP candidates alongwith large number of Mohalla people including women reached the police station and demanded registration of FIR against the hooligans and sought their arrest. The Mohalla people said that the accused are influential persons and the area be provided protection by outside police.
The SSP Rajiv Pandey reached the police station and on his direction the case FIR 164/18 under section 452,147and 330 RPC was registered against all the five persons. No one could be arrested as all the five were absconding. The police have intensified their chase to arrest them.