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Lucknow: At least five people died on Tuesday during the second phase of polling for gram pradhans (village heads) in Uttar Pradesh, as per the statements received from officials.

More than a dozen incidents of violence marred the polling.

During a booth capturing attempt in Gonda, an elderly person was shot dead. A woman was also killed in the violence.

In Meerut, two sects of the Muslim community fought pitched battles with each other while three policemen, including a senior official, were injured in Bahraich in a stone pelting incident.

An election officer and a home guard died during the polling following heart attacks.

The firing was also reported from Kishni in Mainpuri, Sikanderpur village in Firozabad and in Rewari.

Supporters of contestants fought with each other at a booth in Pilibhit, leaving four people injured.

Violence was also reported from Budayun, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Meerut, Gonda and Balrampur.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

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A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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