Express press service
MADURAI/TIRUPPUR: A BJP booth operative was arrested in Ward 8 of Melur Municipality for attempting to get a Muslim woman to remove her hijab to cross-check with the voters list, although polling officials specified that it had already been verified by them.
The district police have filed a complaint against stand officer R Girirajan for acting in a way that could incite communal riots and hurt religious feelings. Girirajan was placed in police custody until March 4 by the judicial magistrate of Melur.
Tension reigned in the municipality as one of the Muslim women wearing a hijab and mask at Al Amin High School was asked to remove the hijab, claiming that the particular voter did not match the photo on the voter list. Although the police personnel deployed for security intervened and explained to Girirajan that the photo on the voters list had been taken years ago for many of them and that there could be significant differences, the The agent disagreed and shouted inside the voting booth that fake votes were being cast.
This disrupted the voting for 15 minutes, however, following the altercation, he was expelled from the voting booth. A report in this regard has also been sent to Collector S Aneesh Sekhar.
Following complaints from various party cadres alleging that fake votes were cast in Ward 17 of Thirumangalam, polling was suspended at 4 p.m. and election officials recommended re-election in the ward.
A voter P Malliga from Ward 1 Palamedu was shocked to learn that her vote had already been cast. She complained to election staff and they assured to take action against whoever had probed the fake vote after checking the CCTV footage. Meanwhile, Malliga was also allowed to vote after careful consideration. Similar complaints have also been filed from the company’s limit.
Meanwhile, in Tiruppur, voting was temporarily halted due to a protest as a local official allegedly asked a Muslim voter to remove her hijab during the vote in Dharapuram. Sources said she was told to remove it to confirm her identity, which led to an argument as the women who arrived earlier were not asked to remove their hijab.