Sullia, September 10: Two Bharatiya Janata Party workers were caught red handed while distributing liquor to lure the voters during the Gram Panchayat by-election at Peruvaje in Bellare near here on Sunday.
They have been identified as Kushalappa Peruvaje, the Personal Assistant of Sullia MLA S Angara and Prashanth, a local resident.
Both were caught by Congress workers and handed over to the jurisdictional police for further investigation. Cases were registered against the duo.
Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner NS Channappa Gowda has issued orders banning sale of liquor for 48-hours from 7am on September 8 in view of by-elections to gram panchayats.
The elections were held in Gram Panchayats of Mangalore, Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia taluks in Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday.
By-polls will be held for six gram panchayats in Mangalore taluk (Iruvail, Chelyaru, Adyaru, Harekala, Kotekaru - wards 7 and 8); two in Belthangady (Kashipatna, Kaniyuru GP - Uruvaalu ward); three in Puttur (Golithottu - Konaalu ward, Mundaru - Mundaru two ward, 34-Nekkilady - Nekkilady one ward); and five in Sullia (Amarapadnuru - Amarapadnuru - three ward, Bellare - Peruvaje - two ward, Guthigaaru - Nalkuru - one ward, Kankamajalu - Kanakamajalu - one ward, and Yenmuru - Murulya - two ward).
Counting will be held on September 12.