Independent candidate among 2 booked for hindering vote

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 14: Police today registered a case against two persons, including an independent candidate from Srinagar, for allegedly creating hindrance in peaceful voting.
The FIR was lodged at the Sadder police station yesterday against independent candidate Jibran Dar and his woman supporter Sujata Bashir on the complaint of Mehjoor Nagar polling booth’s sector magistrate Sarfaraz Ahmad.
In the FIR, the independent candidate was accused of creating disruption and public hindrance during the poll process. He was also accused of threatening the polling staff and blocking the main road, preventing the voters from casting their ballots.
Dar and his woman supporter were charged under various sections of Indian Penal Code, including 341 (wrong restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 186 (obstructing public servant) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) besides 132 of the Representation of People’s Act, which talks about penalty for misconduct at the polling station.