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Uttar Pradesh: Alleged BJP Workers Intimidate Dalit Voters, Forcibly Ink Fingers

The voters say that the men even distributed Rs 500 per person and told them to not cast their vote.

An incident of voter intimidation has been reported from Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

Residents of a Dalit basti in Tara Jivanpur village  told reporters that the former pradhan of the village distributed Rs 500 to each person in the community and told them to not cast their vote.

Further, they said that a group of three men from their village, allegedly BJP workers, forcibly applied ink on their fingers in order to keep them from voting.

“When we asked why should we not go to vote, they forcibly applied ink on our fingers and said “if anyone asks, tell them you’ve voted,” she told reporters.

ANI reported the Chandauli SDM saying that the complainants had reached the police station and they will be able to cast their votes after filing an FIR stating that their fingers were forcibly inked.

Voting in Chandauli is scheduled for May 19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a rally in the district on Thursday, May 16. Reports had said that cash was distributed, allegedly by BJP workers after the event, and a Dalit youth was beaten up for refusing to go to the rally.

During previous phases of the elections, similar cases of intimidation of Dalit voters has been reported in Uttar Pradesh. The Bahujan Samaj Party had written to the Election Commission about U.P. police allegedly using force to keep Dalits from voting during the first phase of the polls.

Also Read: U.P. Police Using Force to Stop Dalits From Voting: BSP Writes to EC

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