Rajasthan: Over 57 per cent voter turn out till 6 pm in 5 LS seats

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Jaipur, Apr 24: About 57.5 per cent of 81 lakh voters on Thursday exercised their franchise in 5 Lok Sabha constituencies where polling ended for the second and final phase in Rajasthan at 6 PM.

Barring one incident of clash between security forces and villagers in which five persons including four photo journalists were injured and vehicles were damaged after forces opened 14 rounds of fire at Satha village in Dausa district, the polling was no where affected or obstructed, DGP-Law and Order Navdeep Singh said.

Polling was not either disturbed on Satha booth despite little clash outside due to women electors' identity issue in which mob of men folks tried to obstruct, he said.

Forty-five thousands security personnels were on duty in the most sensitive 5 LS seats in the state, he added.

Dausa LS seat recorded a tentative polling of 58 per cent, Alwar: 62 per cent, Karauli-Dholpur: 51, Bharatpur: 54 per cent, Tonk- Sawaimadhopur 58, an election official said.

Poll fortune of eighty one contestants, including two Union Ministers; Namonarayan Meena (MoS finance) from Dausa, Jitendra Singh (MoS-sports) from Alwar, and former cricketer Mohammed Azaharruddin from Tonk-Swaimadhopur was sealed in EVMs.

Total 9,112 polling booths, of which 2,674 declared as critical, were guarded by 45,000 security personnel to ensure the free and fair poll. First phase of polling in 20 of Rajasthan's 25 seats was held with an average of 63.63 per cent on April 17.

PTI

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