Students prevented from voting in mangalore
Students prevented from voting in mangalore[Updated 2013-05-05 16:59:00 ]
Mangalore: Chaos prevailed at a polling booth at Capitanio and St Sebastian Polling Booth on May 5, Sunday when BJP workers reportedly prevented a few students residing in a hostel in city from voting.
St Sebastian Polling Booth: More than 25 students from Athena Nursing College were prevented from voting by the Polling Booth staff blaming that they are Keralites at the bendoor polling booth in the city. Police had to intervene to control the situation. It all started when a Nursing student approached the polling booth staff to cast her vote, one of the staff objected since the student was from the neighbouring state, kerala. When the chief polling booth officer did not allow the student to cast the vote, the volunteers called the police from Kadri station. Kadri police sub-inspector Bajantri arrived at the spot and spoke to the polling booth officer and allowed the students to vote.
In Capitanio: It is learnt, when the students arrived the BJP workers prevented them saying they were not from the city and should vote in their hometown. This despite the names of the students enlisted in the voters list. When news spread, Congress workers arrived leading to a heated altercation. Security forces including BSF personnel and paramilitary forces had to rush to the spot when things seemed to be going from bad to worse.
Though Congress leaders including JR Lobo, the Congress candidate from Mangalore South requested the police to ensure that the students were allowed to vote, the police reportedly said they couldn’t do anything much. Even a teacher from Tirthahalli who arrived to vote was prevented from voting despite her name in the voters list. Even the student group returned without voting. Police maintained tight security in the area following the incident.
The Nursing students said that we are here from past four and half years and we have our voter ID. We have voted in the Civic body elections and this time the polling booth staff snatched my voter ID and refused me from casting my vote. As a citizen I have every right to use the voter ID issued in Mangalore she added.