Malur voters protest against 'stringent' poll code

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Bangalore, Apr 16 (UNI) The people of Malur, a small town in Kolar district, today protested in front of the Election office here to protest against official high handedness in the name of enforcing model election code of conduct.

About 100 people came from the town and sat in dharna in front of the Office of the Chief Election Officer and charged that ever since the announcement of Election dates for the Karnataka assembly, they were subjected to 'poll related' harassment.

Mr Ramaraju a resident the town said that the police were booking cases even when people took home groceries from shops. "Already the police have booked 15 such cases harassing innocent citizens", he said.

Demanding the CEO to look into their grievances he said life was made difficult by the police and poll officials.

Two days ago, the entire police force was up and against the Deputy commissioner and the CEO for recommending the suspension of the district SP, a DySP and a Circle Inspector on charges of not enforcing the election code.

They withdrew the agitation only after the intervention of senior police officers.

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