The Bihar Post

Indian villager dies after being slapped by official at polling booth

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PATNA: An elderly villager died after being allegedly slapped by a polling staff at a polling station in Bihar yesterday.

The incident took place at polling booth located at village Jamuna under Imamganj block in southern Bihar’s Gaya district on Thursday.

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Reports said the 70-year-old villager Sitaram Singh had gone to the polling station to cast his vote in the ongoing panchayat (local bodies) elections when the polling officer sought his identity card.

As per reports, the officer lost his cool and furiously slapped the voter when he took time in producing proof of his identity, leaving him bleeding.

He was hurriedly rushed to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

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In this connection, the victim’s son has filed a written complaint with the local Imamganj police station.

The area went to polls in the ninth phase of total 10-phased panchayat polling which has also reported several incidents of killing this time.

On Wednesday, a LJP leader and his cousin were killed by suspected Maoists in the Dumaria block which is close to Imamganj block in the same Gaya district.

The LJP leader was campaigning for his wife who was contesting elections for the post of Mukhia (village head) when the marauders shot them dead and also torched their campaign vehicles.

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