Morena police formula to avoid violence; force key candidates to sit together

Cong, BJP, BSP nominees confined for hours at Police control room, hotel

BHOPAL: In an unusual development, the candidates of BJP, Congress and BSP were confined from Morena constituencies were virtually confined by the police for long hours on Thursday.

There was violence in Morena during the Assembly polls, leading to death of one person. In order to avoid such a situation, BJP candidate Anup Mishra, Congress candidate Govind Singh and BSP candidate Vrindawan Sikarwar were called to the police room and made to stay there. It is said that these candidates were made to sit together to ensure peaceful elections. They were later taken to a hotel Raj Palace and they emerged out of it late noon.

According to sources, Sikarwar did oppose the police acting in this manner but he was ignored. Meanwhile, Police has denied any type of confinement or restrictions on the movements of party candidates. Superintendent of police ( SP) Irshad Wali said all three candidates had come to control room on their own and there was no question of confinement.

Wali said he does not know the reason why the party candidates went to hotel. Sources said police, prior to polling, had sought cooperation from these candidates and urged them to keep their supporters under control.

Govind Singh said police do not have the guts to confine him. He said it was a joint effort to ensure that elections took place peacefully. The BSP, Congress and BJP candidates sit at a hotel in Morena on the day of polling on Thursday.

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