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Geeta faces code FIRs

Ranchi, April 7: The West Singhbhum district administration today lodged an FIR — the second in two days — against Singhbhum candidate Geeta Koda of Jai Bharat Samanta Party allegedly for trying to “bribe” voters, violating the model code of conduct.

The action was taken after the police seized election campaign materials of her party from a bus in Chakradharpur area yesterday. The materials, stuffed in eight jute bags, included posters carrying her photographs, hand-fans (the party’s election symbol), folders and handbags.

Similarly, an FIR was filed against her after her party’s election materials were seized from a bus in the same locality on Saturday. “We have registered complaints in both cases. The second seizure seems to be a part of the first consignment,” returning officer A.B. Siddique said.

Chakradharpur SDO Chhavi Ranjan added that Geeta had been booked under Section 127 of the IPC because the printer’s name was not mentioned on her party’s election posters, which was against the Election Commission’s directive. Further, the SDO said the seized handbags and hand-fans were apparently meant for voters and were part of an attempt to bribe and influence poor people.

On April 2, the police “raided” her Chaibasa residence and kept the building under surveillance for over 36 hours following a tip-off that the wife of former chief minister and sitting MP Madhu Koda was shelling out huge amount of money everyday for election campaigns. But nothing incriminating was found.

Geeta today campaigned in Majhgaon Assembly segment and told voters how she was being victimised. “People have understood how they (the Congress and the BJP) are targeting me, after harassing my husband,” she said.