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Haryana min, ex-Cong MLA booked for disorderly conduct during polling in Rohtak

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The Police have booked and former MLA B B for allegedly entering a polling booth without permission and in district of the state.

Grover, the of State for Cooperation, and Batra, the ex-MLA from Rohtak, were Wednesday booked under Section 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and Section 131 of the Representation of the People's Act (in or near polling stations) in station, Rohtak, on the complaint of an Assistant Returning Officer, SP, Rohtak, J S Randhawa said Thursday.

As per the complaint, Grover and had allegedly entered a polling booth inside a school without permission and created ruckus when polling was underway in the parliamentary constituency, which went to polls on May 12 along with nine other Lok Sabha seats in the state.

From Rohtak, Congress' sitting is seeking re-election for a fourth term.

A day after the polling, in-charge, Haryana, had written to the seeking appropriate action against Grover for allegedly intimidating voters and "illegally sabotaging" of polling in Rohtak, a charge which the had vehemently denied.

"I was completely taken aback by the brazen misuse of muscle power by Manish Grover, the Minister, along with 50 goons and a history-sheeter namely Ramesh Lohar, in 10 cars, who were carrying arms, two fake number plates, 15 cartridges of .32 bore, entered polling booth no 142, 143, 145, 146, 149 and 150 in city along with official police commandos in order to sabotage and influence the polling," Azad had alleged in his letter.

While polling was underway in the state, the had arrested Lohar, along with his accomplice Sunil, in front of a school and seized three fake vehicle number plates, 15 cartridges of 0.32 bore, sticks and lathis.

He was released on bail, but subsequently re-arrested after some fresh charges were added to the FIR.

had alleged that Grover, along with a number of muscle men, entered the polling booth to intimidate the voters.

Grover had termed the allegations baseless. He had alleged that there were complaints against workers entering the booth without permission and intimidating voters.

On Thursday, Batra told reporters, "I went to check after getting information that Grover, along with muscle men, was moving around in Rohtak city and entering polling booths without permission."

He alleged that Grover entered into an altercation when he confronted him for entering polling booths.

"I told him that he cannot go around intimidating voters and try to influence the polling by moving around with large number of muscle men. As he holds an office of profit, he could not even become an election agent or enter booths to check, so he had not business to be there," Batra said.

He demanded that the be also booked for "terrorising voters and intimidating them".

Referring to police arresting Lohar from near a polling booth on the day of polling, Batra said, "Everyone knows Lohar is close to the ruling BJP and has even shared stage with its leaders. The recovery of lathis and weapons from him shows that a conspiracy had been hatched to influence the voting process in Rohtak."

On being booked by the police, Batra said, "We raised the matter of voter intimidation. I went to stop the minister and those muscle men. There are video recordings of the same, which make things quite clear. Now, if stopping crime is a crime, then what can one say.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 13:35 IST