Krishnagiri: Honey bee attack delays polling

The people tried to shoo away the bees with clothes and running off to the safe places did not help them.

Krishnagiri: In an unexpected twist, wild bees attack stopped the polling for a while in a polling booth coming under Thally Assembly segment of Krishnagiri parliament constituency in this district.

The local people in Islampur, Adavisamipuram, Thandarai and Korattagiri villages came to cast their votes in the polling station at Korattagiri village government elementary school.

But, the brisk polling had to be stopped for few hours because a swarm of wild bees attacked the people waiting in the queue for their turn to vote.

The people tried to shoo away the bees with clothes and running off to the safe places did not help them. Around eight people including women and children have been hospitalized because of the bee-stings.

The Denkannikottai fire and rescue services department staffs went to the spot and removed the honey comb found atop a coconut tree. Then, the voting process resumed after few hours delay.

Polling in one station each in Hosur, Allapatti village in Bettamugilalam panchayat of Denkannikottai taluk and Natrampalayam in Anchetti taluk and Kottai in Krishnagiri town, polling was delayed due to the defective EVM units. The polls resumed after new EVM units replaced the defective ones.

The overall percentage of votes was 67.50 per cent as recorded at 5 pm in Krishnagiri parliament constituency having 1,855 polling stations for 15,10,085 voters.

Hosur, where the by-polls were conducted for the Assembly segment has recorded the lowest voting percentage of 57.1 per cent.

The Thalli Assembly constituency reportedly recorded highest voting percentage compared to the other assembly segments in Krishnagiri parliament constituency.

Thalli recorded 72.60 per cent, Uthanagari (R) 70.30 per cent, Bargur 69.70 per cent, Krishnagiri 63 per cent, Veepanahalli 65 per cent and Hosur 57.10 per cent.

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