Security’s callous attitude towards old, disabled

Continuous downpour from 8 am till 3 pm in Moga on the day of polling failed to deter voters Saturday with polling percentage estimated at a little over 70 per cent. Polling booths in rural areas proved to be difficult to approach due to widespread water logging and kutchha roads, while many rued inconvenience and alleged `callous attitude of officials' towards the old and disabled.

Balwant Kaur (80), from Charik village, came with her son to cast her vote with the help of a walker. Despite clear directions from the election commission to allow vehicles of disabled, injured and old till entrance of booth, police did not allow her son to ferry her on the motorcycle. "Her legs are trembling as she cannot walk but police did not allow my motorcycle to go inside," said Gurmukh Singh, Kaur's son.

Sukhjit Singh (25), suffering from polio, had great difficulty in entering the booth as police failed to open the gate fully even after seeing him struggling to enter.

"What is the use of such huge deployment of force when they cannot help disabled people to vote? Police officials were simply watching when my son was struggling to enter through a half open gate. They never took the pain to fully open the gate for few seconds," said Sukhjit's father Balwinder Singh.

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