Imphal, April 18,
Voting in the 6/10 – Kiyamgei High Madrasa polling station located at Kiyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai, in Imphal east district of Manipur has been sabotaged after voters turn violent over alleged misconduct of the Presiding officer of the polling station. Large number of voters ransacked the polling booth alleging foul play by the presiding officers. EVM, VVPAT and the CCTV camera installed in the polling station were destroyed.
In the uproar Presiding Officer L. Lovely Singh and Micro Observer P. Gunachandra sustained injury after they were assaulted and hit by stones pelted by the protestors.
Security personnel deployed in the polling station fire several round of gunshot and resorted lathi charge to put the situation under control. The incident happened at around 11 30 am. Tear gas were also fired to disperse the crowd. At least four civilians were reported injured in the police action.
According to report, the crisis erupted after some of the political workers started rigging the booth by allowing proxy voters. However, the Polling official said that the incident happened after they tried to stop proxy voters.
Workers of a political party also reportedly mishandled reporters who were covering the events.
Returning officer of Imphal East district rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. Later the RO signaled re-poll on the said polling station.
At polling station 6/6 - Kiyamgei Mamang Leikai there were report of some incidents. One agent of the BJP while talking to media persons said that tension erupted among the voters after the Congress Candidate of the Inner Manipur O. Nabakishore stayed at the polling station for over 15 minutes. The Agent alleged that Nabakishore presence had disturbed the free and fair polling at the station. Another source said that the BJP workers had forced the local journalist from covering the events.
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