Gurdaspur: Two brothers were attacked by unidentified persons while they were heading towards the polling station to cast their vote here.
One of the injured, Rajiv Kumar told ANI, “We have had a scuffle with some people yesterday evening.
Today when my father went to cast his vote, he was stopped and some men asked for us. We were going to cast votes when 10-12 people stopped us and attacked with baseball bats etc. We were very far away from the polling booth, yet they alleged we were creating a problem at the booth.”
According to the victim, the attack happened around 9 am in the morning. After the attack, he along with his brother Pradeep Kumar was admitted in the hospital for medical care.
Both of them couldn’t cast their votes as they alleged being attacked even before reaching the poll station.
Meanwhile, clashes between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress workers were also reported from Jalandhar.
Voting is underway in 13 parliamentary constituencies of Punjab today in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol is contesting on a BJP ticket from Gurdaspur constituency. Deol has been fielded against Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar who won the Gurdaspur seat, which went to by-poll in October 2017 after the demise of BJP MP Vinod Khanna.
A total of 918 candidates, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are in the fray in this last phase of the Lok Sabha polls. Polling began on Sunday in 59 seats spread across seven states and one Union Territory. The counting of votes will begin on May 23.