As polling continues in Karnataka, reports are coming in of clashes in Kolar between Congress workers and supporters of Independent candidate and minister Varthur Prakash.
One India news reported that violence broke out at booth 122 after Congress supporters allegedly resorted to goondaism. It added that four corporators were arrested although one called Prasad Babu escaped.
The clashes were also widely reported on Twitter:
Block CONgress Pres Babu enters Kolar Junior College Polling Booth with Swords & Machettes. Threatens voters & has been arrested with 3 ppl
— Suresh En (@surnell) May 5, 2013
Correction:Poll related violence in Kolar,Karnataka between Congress and Independent,men detained by police pic.twitter.com/KyeaAn7GZq
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 5, 2013
"Rowdies who came with Long (Talwar) to threaten Kolar voters, are from Congress guy Nazir Ahmed's team" - Varthur Prakash. #Karnataka2013
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) May 5, 2013
Just about 15 percent of the 43.6 million voters have cast their ballot till 11 am in the 14th Karnataka assembly polls, an official told IANS.
“Polling is on in a peaceful manner across the state and about 15 percent voting has taken place by 11 am,” a spokesperson of the state election authorities told reporters. Booths opened at 7 am and will close at 6 p.m.
The polling began on a brisk note, despite hot weather conditions across the state. The votes will be counted May 8.