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Manipur Election 2017: BJP worker’s house torched in Chandel, booths captured during repoll

Imphal: Suspected NSCN (IM) cadres set the house of BJP candidate SS Olish's worker on fire. The candidate is contesting from 41-Chandel (ST). The house belongs to BS Angam, who is the president of BJKP Chandel Mandal.

The incident took place at Friday noon at about 12.30 am at Kananjgu village in Chandel district. Sources said that around 10 heavily armed NSCN (IM) cadres are suspected to have set fire after driving out the family members.

amukhomba manipur_crEarlier, NSCN (IM), which is undergoing peace talk with the Government of India, allegedly threatened the villagers in Naga inhabited areas in Manipur to cast vote in favour of their sponsored candidates.

The outfit threatened the villagers of Chandel Assembly constituency to cast vote in favour of an Independent candidate. Even the villagers were forced to sign a surety bond prepared and countersigned by the NSCN (IM), threatening the villagers of dire consequences if the latter failed to cast their votes for the particular independent candidate the outfit is supporting.

 Meanwhile, some civilians sustained injury when NSCN (IM) cadres resorted to firing in the scuffle between the supporters of Independent candidate Thaibasanaii and BJP candidate DD Thaisi at Purul polling station in Senapati district on Friday.

Independent candidate Thaibasanaii was reportedly supported by around 30 NSCN (IM) cadres, said a source.

The scuffle broke out after the NSCN (IM) cadres allegedly tried to capture the polling booth in favour of the independent candidate.

The civilians snatched away one AK Rifle from the NSCN (IM) men, prompting them to fire several rounds of shots causing casualty to some persons.

The injured persons were rushed to the district hospital.

NSCN (IM) cadres also reportedly captured three polling stations in Chingai Assembly constituency, preventing polling agents of other party candidates except NPF candidate’s agent to enter the booth.

Despite the presence of security forces in and around the polling stations, BJP candidate Sword Vasum was not allowed to enter the polling station by Chingjaroi Shinao Long which forced back the BJP candidate and his workers. Even the media was not allowed entry to the polling station, said the source.

 Amidst high security, repolling in 28 polling stations across four districts of Manipur was held on Friday.

According to election commission official, voters were seen standing in queues before the polling stations to exercise their franchise which has been peaceful so far.

Polling in Ukul, Tengnoupal, Kangpokpi and Senapati districts was held during the second phase of the Assembly elections on 8 March.

The repoll was ordered following electoral malpractices in these polling stations.

Meanwhile, the repoll which held on Thursday in 34 polling stations in three districts in Manipur, where the first phase polling were held on March 4, recorded an 89 percent voting.

Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan said, “89 percent polling was recorded at the end of the repoll in 34 polling stations.” He added that the voting pattern of Thursday was 10 percent for every hour.

Updated Date: Mar 10, 2017 22:31 PM

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