Bihar Panchayat Poll: Supporters of Defeated Candidate Creates ruffle

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Supporters of defeated candidate initiated violence upon receiving false information of winning, 18 held

After receiving incorrect information about their candidate winning in the state’s ongoing panchayat elections, supporters of a lost candidate created a ruckus at the collectorate in Bihar’s Supaul district on Tuesday.

Police charged Lathi and fired rubber bullets in the air to disperse the supporters of Dinapatti constituency’s candidate Asha Devi as they were seen pelting stones at the premises.

According to ABP, when the ballots were counted on November 13, a message sent on the district administration’s WhatsApp group revealed the identities of Asha Devi and Aditi Riswati, candidates from the Dinapatti seat, who received 2,464 votes. Another contender, Dulari Devi, finished in second with 1,695 votes.

However, Election Commission’s website declared Aditi Riswati as the winner. According to the ABP report, some media incorrectly reported Asha Devi’s victory in the Dinapatti constituency, which is why her supporters caused the violence at the Supaul collectorate.

Supporters of Devi gathered at the Supaul collectorate to meet with district magistrate (DM) Mahendra Kumar before the stone-pelting began. However, Kumar was engaged in a video chat with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, along with other authorities.

According to a report from Hindustan Times’ sister newspaper Live Hindustan, the district magistrate’s motorcade left the collectorate moments later. This infuriated Asha Devi supporters, who began demanding a certificate of victory for their candidate and threw stones near the collectorate.

As many as 18 people have been arrested. After the incident, the area around the collectorate was under tight security for two hours.