Defeated politician wields sword in looming post-election rampage

An angry politician reportedly lashed out after a recent election defeat and threatened local voters with a sword.

The incident in question reportedly took place on Friday in the Akola district of Maharashtra, a state in central India. According to a report by The Hindu, the unidentified 45-year-old man reacted in a brazen and violent manner after learning he had not been elected to the Gram Panchayat government in his village of Khamkhed, despite members of his family having held office in the village for the past 30 years. The man had previously run for office in the village elections.

In a video viewed by The Hindu, the man is said to have been seen swinging his sword at villagers after his loss, verbally harassing them and threatening violence. According to the newspaper report, the video has gone viral on social media, but news week did not find it at this time.

“He was upset at the sudden loss and threatened the villagers,” village officials said in a statement to the newspaper.

Man threatens to lose the election with a sword
An Indian citizen takes part in an election. A man recently threatened residents of an Indian village with a sword after losing a local government election.
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On Saturday, the man’s actions were forwarded to law enforcement authorities and a corresponding case was opened against him, it is said Outlook India. The man is now wanted.

news week contacted the Maharashtra State Police for comment.

A Gram Panchayat is a government structure used at the village level in India since the late 1950s. About 250,000 Gram Panchayats are in operation in villages across the South Asian country.

The state of Maharashtra is located in central India and stretches from the west coast of the country with the Indian Ocean far to the east. The most prominent population center is the coastal city of Mumbai, which is about 600 miles west of the Akola district where the alleged incident took place.

Sword attacks are not uncommon in crime stories from India. In April 2020, reports surfaced that a police officer had his hand chopped off with a sword while trying to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols in the northwestern city of Patiala. A truck with several men on board was stopped at a barricade and asked for a passport, after which someone jumped out and attacked the officer, Deputy Sub-Inspector Harjit Singh, with a sword.

“The accused included five people involved in the attack on the police team stationed at the vegetable market in Sanaur early Sunday morning,” police director-general Dinkar Gupta said in a statement. “They had breached a series of barricades and attacked police personnel who were inquiring about their curfews.” Defeated politician wields sword in looming post-election rampage

Rick Schindler

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