Barring a few sporadic incidents, by and large by-elections to seven Assembly constituencies in the State passed off peacefully on Sunday.
According to Additional DGP (Law and Order) S A Huda, barring a few sporadic minor incidents of groups shouting at each other and a contesting candidate in Kamareddy arguing with the DSP on duty, no major incident took place. The Police acted timely to ensure the polls in a fair and free manner, he said.
A total of 117 vehicles were seized and 166 people were taken into preventive custody. Of them, 116 vehicles were seized and 132 people were taken into custody in Kovvur constituency in Nellore district. As many as 34 people were taken into custody in Warangal and one vehicle was seized in Nizamabad.
In Warangal, two cases of inducement of voters were booked against four persons and a case U/s.25(1)(a)(b) of Arms Act and 120(B) of IPC has been registered at Eturnagaram Police Station wherein two 303 weapons, two 8mm rifles and 50 rounds of 8mm ammunition were seized. In Mahaboobnagar two cases were registered.
Huda said that the four level tight bandobust resulted in controlling the flow of liquor and money during by-elections. The rationale of allowing the voter to think freely for two nights starting from 05.00PM on 16th March 2012 with a view to think properly and cast his / her vote in a conscious manner which is the strength of the democracy was ensured for the first time in the State of AP. Unhealthy practice of canvassing, inducement and coercion after completion of canvassing was not allowed.
DGP V Dinesh Reddy commended all the SsP, Range DIsG and Zonal IsG for having done exceedingly well in the conduct of a free and peaceful poll.
The State Police has also thanked the general public for the cooperation it has extended in the conduct of the polls in a peaceful manner. (INN)