Uttarakhand: Women won the primary election by vote, held soon in the pending murder case
They wanted a murder case and absconding since an FIR was lodged after reports of six deaths due to spurious drinking allegedly distributed by him earlier this month for the election, candidate Babli Devi said. Won the election According to the results declared on Thursday, the village head of Shivnagar in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand won by a margin of one vote.
Police said she was arrested soon after – while she was celebrating her victory.
Babli Devi is accused of distributing illicit liquor in her village to influence voters, which led to her death.
Panchayat elections are held on September 26.
According to the results of Shivnagar, a seat reserved for Scheduled Caste women available on the Uttarakhand State Election Commission website, Babli Devi got 859 votes, just one vote more than her nearest rival Swati Chauhan, who got 858 votes.
Bijendra was arrested on September 11. Babli and Naresh are reported to be absconding.
Pathri station officer (SO) Pawan Dimri confirmed, “We arrested Babli Devi on Thursday after she won the village head election from Shivnagar.” “wanted her in the death of six persons, who allegedly consumed spurious liquor (allegedly distributed by Babli and his family). After arresting Bijendra, we searched for Babli Devi and Naresh until September 23. We got involved in Panchayat elections and later counted votes.
Dimri said that on Thursday morning at around 10.30, the police got information that Babli was in the village celebrating his victory. “We reached there and arrested him. This is the second arrest in this case. Naresh is still absconding.”
Within three days till September 11, at least six people had died after consuming spurious liquor, allegedly distributed by Babli and his family members. While residents claimed that the death toll was eight, officials said two of them had died of other causes.
According to some residents, after the arrest of Bijendra, his father, Suraj Bhan Chauhan, campaigned for Babli Devi. People from the Chauhan community also came out in his support – they alleged that almost all the candidates distributed liquor but took action only against Babli and his family. Locals said that as a result, though the families of the deceased were angry, many villagers voted for Babli Devi.