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Punjab Municipal poll: Clashes, complaints of ‘booth capturing’ mar voting in Ludhiana

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    Amid reports of clashes, firing incidents and complaints of "booth capturing", voting for the biggest municipal body in Punjab, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, was held on Saturday.

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    Sources in District Election office say that voting percentage has crossed 50% around 2.40pm. 

    Two persons were injured in a "clash" between Akali and Congress workers outside DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, in ward no. 75. It is learnt that firing took place during the 'clash' at around 3.55 pm, minutes before the end of polling, reports The Tribune.

    A total number of 494 candidates, belonging to the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Lok Insaf Party will be contesting the elections from 95 municipal wards. 1,153 polling stations have been created for voting for the 10.5 lakh voters in Ludhiana, who are eligible to cast their votes.

    Apart from the Ludhiana civic polls, by-polls in the two wards of Payal and Jagraon municipal councils will also be held.

    Hours ahead of the polls of Municipal Corporation in Ludhiana, the Commissioner of Police suspended the SHO at police station Salem Tabri Inspector Vijay Kumar for being unfair while performing election duty, on Friday late night. The inspector has been suspended with immediate effect.

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