Khammam: A woman constable slapped an agricultural officer during a stand off during the last phase of the mandal and zilla elections in state on Tuesday. The elections mostly went off smoothly except for a few incidents.
At the Ramakrishna-puram polling booth in Chintakani mandal, a woman constable, Ms Jyotsna, advised Mr Anil Kumar, an agricultural officer, who was standing there, to leave the spot. The officer questioned her authority to tell him to leave the place. This led to an argument and Ms Jyotsna slapped the officer. As the clash between the two intensified, others separated them and polling continued without interruption.
Most voters preferred to vote in the morning to avoid the summer heat. The poll percentages in many mandals in the two districts of Bhadadri-Kothagudem and Kham-mam recorded more than 47 per cent early on. At 89 per cent, Raghnatha-palem recorded the highest voter turnout in the third phase followed by Madhira at 87, Khamm-am at 86.47 and Wyra at 85 per cent.
Bhadradri recorded a voter turnout of 74.35 percent....