Kanpur: Democracy was restored lastly after a lengthy hole of 25 years in Bikru village, which gained notoriety for the brutal bloodbath of eight policemen, together with a deputy SP, in July final 12 months by the dreaded ganglord Vikas Dubey and his henchmen.
Dubey, who was later arrested and killed in an encounter, used his muscle and gun energy to terrorise the villagers and had hijacked the complete electoral course of.
The individuals of Brahmin-dominated Bikru village, which noticed candidates picked by Dubey getting elected election after election, lastly received to train their franchise and have elected a Dalit woman Madhu as their village head.
The submit of the head of Bikru gram panchayat was reserved for the Scheduled Caste this time and with no worry of the ganglord as many as 11 candidates had filed nominations.
Madhu polled 381 votes and received elected as head of Bikru village on Sunday, defeating Bindu Kumar who received 327 votes.
Villagers, who had voted on the diktats of Dubey for over 20 years, mentioned it’s a wholly new feeling for them.
“Earlier, no one could even dare to think of contesting or voting for any other candidate, else they were tortured by the gangster and his goons,” mentioned a native Gunjan Singh.
“Democracy or elections existed merely on paper here in Bikru. No one used to campaign here and Dubey would field his relatives or henchmen as candidates. This time, the contestants went door-to-door to seek votes,” mentioned Meena, an aged woman of Bikru.
Dubey was himself elected unopposed as the head of Bikaru gram panchayat in 1995.
In 2000, when the seat was reserved for Scheduled Castes, Dubey fielded Gayatri Devi and received her elected unopposed.
In 2005, Anjali Dubey, the spouse of Dubey’s youthful brother Deep Dubey, was elected unopposed.
In the 2010 panchayat elections, when the seat was reserved for different backward courses, Dubey received his aide Rajnikanth Kushwaha elected as village head.
In 2015, Vikas once more fielded his youthful brother’s spouse Anjali and he or she was elected unopposed.