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Stone pelting in Purana Bazaar
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Apr. 2009 1:33 AM IST
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Amid tight security, polling for the Lok Sabha seat and the by-poll began in Dimapur from 7 a.m. with 1, 71, 474 eligible voters, Thursday. On the whole, polling passed off peacefully barring a stone-pelting incident in Purana Bazaar, 3, 4, 5 and 5 ‘A’ polling stations. Three persons including a police personnel and a woman voter sustained minor injuries in the incident. One NPF party leader alleged that the stone-pelting started when an MLA came to the polling station and allegedly instructed the security personnel to beat up the voters. However, some eye witnesses said it all began when people at the rear of the queue and frustrated by the slow progress hurled stones at those in front. It may be mentioned that the Purana Bazaar Council had warned outsiders to stay away from the colony on the voting day to ensure free and fair elections. The colony comes under 3 Dimapur III A/C where the by-poll was conducted besides the Lok Sabha election. The by-poll was a straight fight between the Congress candidate, Vikheho and NPF candidate, Azheto Zhimomi. Meanwhile, officials led by the Deputy Commissioner & DEO, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier, SP Dimapur Liremo Lotha visited all the ten (10) polling stations under 3-Dimapur-III A/C which were identified as critical or vulnerable to normalize the situation and also to encourage polling officials to perform their duties without any apprehension. Voting stopped in Singrijan In a rare instance of rival parties agreeing, polling agents of the Congress and the NPF decided to request the polling officers to stop polling on suspicion that those still in queue were “proxy voters.” The requested was accepted and by 3. 10 pm polling at Singrijan polling station 15 and 15 ‘A’ was closed. About 100 voters were still queued up when they were informed about the closure.A large groups of disappointed voters refused to leave. Presiding Officer, N. R. Chewang said no representative of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) candidate for the Lok Sabha, Dr. Rilangthung Odyuo turned up at the polling station. Polling officials said out of 2164 voters in the two polling stations only 1688 votes were cast when the polling was stopped. One voter alleged that the NPF candidate used government vehicle (NL10-6164) for transportation of people and commodities. He said more than 100 voters, that included genuine voters were not allowed to cast their votes.

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