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Lucknow: In the third phase of Lok Sabha elections for 12 seats in Uttar Pradesh, approximately 60.12% voters exercised their franchise amidst incidents of violent clashes and boycott.

State chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said that approximately 60.12% voting was registered between 7am and 6pm in the third phase. He said in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, 46.63% polling was recorded in the third phase.

Sinha said that Hathras witnessed approximately 57.2% polling, while Mathura and Agra recorded 63.8% and 59.8% polling respectively. Fatehpur Sikri recorded 61.27% polling, Firozabad 66%, Mainpuri 60.8%, Etah 59.8%, Hardoi 56.9%, Farukhabad 59.6%, Etawah 56.3%, Kannauj and Akbarpur had 63.48% and 56.54% respectively.

Sinha said that in Firozabad two polling booths in Jasrana area and in Auraiya some persons entered forcibly and attempted bogus voting. He said that reports have been sought from those districts if necessary repoll should be held.

According to reports from Mathura, at a polling booth in Daulatpur village in Baldev area Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Bharatiya Janata Dal (BJP) supporters got into a scuffle. On being pacified by the security personnel, they moved toward Daulatpur village where they indulged in brick-batting and firing in which seven persons were injured. Report said that 12 persons have been arrested in this connection.

According to report from Mainpuri attempting bogus voting a village head Sheelu Yadav on being prevented allegedly threw a stone at CRPF jawan in Garia Ghutara polling booth of Bewar block and opened fire, though no one was injured in the incident. District Magistrate Govindraju and SP Shrikant reached the spot and controlled the situation after which polling resumed.

According to reports from SSP Etah Amit Pathak, some persons forcibly entered Bishanpur polling centre at Jalesar in an inebriated condition. When polling staff resisted they indulged into brick-batting in which a homeguard jawan Chandrapal was injured. The trouble makers ran away with the camera of one Vivek video-graphing the poll process.

Meanwhile, in Farukkhabad in-charge of Merapur police station Ram Sajeevan Yadav has been suspended with immediate effect on allegation of partiality during the polling. A complaint was received from former minister Narendra Singh Yadav, father of rebel Samajwadi Party candidate Sachin Yadav and the electoral observer report was sought, SP Alankrita Singh said.

She said that after receiving the report from the observer, Ram Sajeevan was suspended with immediate effect. Earlier, Narendra Yadav had a confrontation with Subodh Yadav, son of SP candidate Rameshwar Yadav, at Samtuia polling centre.

According to a report, voters boycotted polling in Totalpur, Adampur, Shyamnagar and Agnipur villages in Firozabad district to protest lack of development.

In Etawah, Lok Sabha area electorates boycotted polling in two villages. Over 2,500 voters boycotted polling in Lavedi area demanding arrest of persons involved in rape and murder of a girl, whereas in Thadburkhara village 609 voters boycotted polling to protest against lack of development works.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior cabinet minister Shivpal Singh Yadav exercised their vote along with their family members in Etawah. Union minister Salman Khurshid exercised his franchise at a polling centre in Pitaura in Farukkhabad district.

Fate of total 188 candidates, including SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav, nephew Akshay Yadav, Union minister Salman Khurshid, Hema Malini, Jayant Chaudhary, grandson of Chaudhary Charan Singh and Amar Singh was sealed in the third phase.

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