Bhubaneswar: Journalists beaten, Block Development Officer assaulted and many more such incidents kept on being reported from different parts of the State during the third phase of panchayat polls on Sunday.
In Phulbani’s Talapada panchayat under Khajuripada block, the ballot boxes were snatched away from the presiding officer. Similar incident was reported from Kola panchayat in Tihidi block of Bhadrak district.
In Sunakhanda panchayat of Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district, a group of tribal people took away the ballot boxes after realising that their names were not their in the voters’ list.
An ugly incident took place in Kendrapara’s Gokhani village under Dera panchayat in Rajnagar block where miscreants snatched baton from the police and thrashed them. The cops were trying to avert a group clash when they were attacked.