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AP to witness violence on counting day, too?

AP to witness violence on counting day, too?

Andhra Pradesh, which witnessed several violent incidents in different parts on the day of polling on May 13 and also for a couple of days more after polling during the just concluded elections, is facing the threat of more violence on the day of counting on June 4 as well.

According to reports, the central intelligence received specific information that violence might erupt in different parts of the state on the day of counting of votes, once the results start coming out.

In fact, the intelligence authorities are learnt to have warned of violent incidents even a few hours before the counting begins.

The central security forces have already been moved to sensitive areas to prevent outbreak of violence and tight security has been provided at the counting stations to avoid any kind of raids by violent mobs on these stations.

Interestingly, the reports of possible violence are said to be coming from Godavari districts, rather than in Rayalaseema or Palnadu, where violent incidents were reported recently. 

Especially in Pithapuram constituency where Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan is contesting, the intelligence authorities have got specific inputs of a possible violence on the day of counting of votes.

The EC has already banned political parties from taking out rallies and bursting of crackers once the results are declared, as it might lead to violence in different parts of the state.

Indications are that both the YSRCP and the TDP cadres are gearing up for violence in the event of the result going in favour of their respective opponents.

The central intelligence authorities have asked the state police to take stringent action against the leaders who are likely to resort to violence, sources said.


Tags: Andhra Pradesh Election Commission Post-poll violence