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BJP members face black flags, stones and mud in UP

BJP wokers attending a party-organised function in Kashmir. [FPK File Photo]

Uttar Pradesh: Ahead of the polls in Uttar Pradesh, over a dozen incidents of convoys of BJP contestants being shown black flags or having mud thrown at them have been reported from villages in the western area of the state.

One incident was reported on January 24, when BJP Siwalkhas candidate Maninderpal Singh came under attack at Chur village. An FIR was later lodged which names 20 people, with 65 listed as unidentified. While Singh did not register a complaint, police filed the FIR on its own on Thursday, The Indian Express reported.

“I have not lodged a complaint though seven cars following me were damaged in stone-pelting. Ye humare hi log hain, maine unhein maaf kar diya. Loktantra mein vote maangnewalon se aisi ghatna nahin honi chahiye (These are our own people, and I forgive them. But such incidents should not happen to those seeking votes in a democracy),” the news report quoted Singh as saying.

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