Source: the Hindu :-
A day after her husband feared that she had been kidnapped, the police traced Jija Bai, a Bidar Taluk Panchayat member, at Nelamangala near Bengaluru.
Dhanu Singh, a farmer from Honnikeri in Humnabad taluk, lodged a complaint at the Janawada police station that Jija Bai had been kidnapped. He feared a political conspiracy in the episode, as her vote was crucial in electing the Bidar Taluk Panchayat president.
A team, led by Circle inspector Ali Sab, looked into Jija Bai’s phone call records and traced her location near Bengaluru. They left by jeep and found her. She, however, denied that she had been kidnapped. She said that she and other Independent members of the panchayat had come on a tour of Bengaluru and other places. She also said that she was returning to Bidar on Friday. She is travelling with the police officers and is expected to reach the city by Saturday.
Independent members hold the key in the hung Bidar Taluk Panchayat. The House has 26 members, of which 11 were elected on Congress ticket. There are four Janata Dal(S) members and three owe allegiance to the BJP. The House has one Karnataka Makkala Paksha member and seven Independents.
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