4 Himachal panchayats boycott polls

Shimla: (PTI) Four panchayats in Kinnur district have boycotted polls after people involved in encroachment cases were barred from contesting elections.

As the last date for filling nominations for panchayat polls expired yesterday, no one from Urni, Chawang, Yula and Meeru panchayats came to file papers for contesting elections.

The villagers are protesting the High Court’s decision to bar at least 6 lakh people, involved in 2 lakh cases related to encroachment of government and forest land, from contesting panchayat polls. There are 1.67 lakh detected encroachment cases involving 60,000 acres of government and 60,448 cases involving 29,400 acres of forest area.

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