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NPCC says NPF misused power for polls
Published on 11 May. 2011 1:14 AM IST
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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has made serious charges against the ruling NPF for defying the directive of the Election Commission of India by deploying IRB personnel inside polling booths instead of CRPF and alleged connivance of polling officials in favour of its party candidate and further alleged that some NSCN (I-M) cadres “officially and openly” involved in the election against the Congress candidate.
NPCC pointed out that in sharp contrast to the oft repeated assurance of both the NPF-DAN government and the Election Commission, of conducting a free and fair poll, the reality “was totally opposite”.
It said when the Election Commission of India and the union home ministry released 10(ten)companies of CRPF to Mokokchung, for peaceful conduct of poll , the state government instead deployed only one company at Mokokchung and the remaining were sent to Tuensang, Zunheboto, Wokha and Peren “under the pretext of preventing inflow of insurgent groups from those districts”.
It said, that only after the Election Commission of India intervened by giving a specific direction, did the state government send 5(five) companies of CRPF to Mokokchung “just on the eve of polling”. By then, NPCC said there was hardly any time for the CRPF to acquaint themselves with the local environment or the polling stations.
NPCC accused the state government of surreptitiously diverting central forces as it was planned to use local police “to further the fortune of the NPF candidate”
CRPF companies were sent for conducting a peaceful polls in all the polling stations, but the state government “manipulated and planted” IR inside the polling stations and periphery.
NPCC said the IR personnel were acting as agents of the NPF candidate at the time of polling when they “prevented the Congress voters” from entering the polling booths, especially in Polling stations I and V at Ungma village.
NPCC pointed out the CRPF personnel supposed to have been deployed in the polling stations as per the directive of the Election Commission of India, were “relegated” to static duties at the periphery while the IR personnel, supposed to be at the periphery were deployed inside the polling booths.
NPCC also alleged careful selection of presiding and magistrates officers known “supporters of NPF” to favour the NPF candidate especially with regard to key polling stations I, IV and V at Ungma village.
It said, most of the officials posted to key polling stations were from the constituency of home minister Imkong L.Imchen.
The presiding officer of Polling Station I – Rongsentemsu (teacher)- allowed one voter to cast more than ten votes. A magistrate, identified as Moa of Mopungchuket village “misbehaved” by preventing Congress candidate Dr. S.C Jamir from entering the polling booth I in Ungma village on the plea that a candidate is allowed to visit a polling booth only once.
The NPCC said, in Polling station IV, the presiding officer from Chungtia village, from Imkong L. Imchen’s constituency refused to sign on a complaint made by Congress polling agent against one Mrs. Angangala of house No.877, found carrying 10 (ten) voter’s slips for proxy voting. Another boy, identified as Imtiakum, son of NPF candidate Toshipokba, house No.915 was found carrying 15 (fifteen) voter’s slips. When Congress polling agent challenged it, the presiding officer turned a blind eye. These took place in front of the Congress candidate Dr S.C Jamir, it said.
NPCC said NPF candidate Toshipokba was allowed to remain inside the polling booth “for a very long time” and intimidated Congress voters.
Further it alleged IRB “under the influence of alcohol” served by NPF, lathi-charged voters while some IRB wearing black ‘bandanas’ were in the polling booth.
NPCC wondered whether the IRB were genuine personnel, or “insurgents or NPF goons as their faces were partially covered.”
It said Home minister Imkong L.Imchen who spearheaded the entire campaign with all ministers and parliamentary secretaries and with all resources and administrative machineries of the DAN government, had warned and threatened all government servants against supporting the Congress candidate.
NPCC said the home minister warned the wives of government servants at Sangtemla ward that their husbands would be transferred after election, if they voted for Congress.
Money and muscle power used for NPF it said and also alleged that even chief minister Neiphiu Rio warned businessmen against contributing to Congress.
NPCC also alleged that some members of the NSCN (I-M)’s civil and armed wings, had openly worked against the Congress
According to NPCC, the (a) civil wing members were: (i) Yanger Pongen, kilonser in-charge of byelection and deputy kilonsers- (ii)Chuba Pongen,(iii) Limachuba,;(iv)Arep Jamir,;(v) Maong of Waromong village; (vi) Meyuchuba of Longkhum village; (vii) Imcha of Nokpu P.S. to Muivah, (viii) Lima Kitchu dy.secy (ix) Chubamayang of Kubza Leacy; (x) Lanuwati, Leacy; (xi) Kumzukba of Chungtia village, Leacy (xii) Akang Jamir, Leacy; (xii) Sashilemba of Longchang and others.
(b) Armed wing: (i) ‘Col’ Supumeren of Kangtsung ‘commander’ (ii) ‘Maj’ Manen of Yaongyimsen (iii) ‘Maj’ Moa; (iv) ‘Maj’ Imtimeren of Mangmetong village.
NPCC said more than fifty armed NSCN (I-M)cadres spread out to all polling stations particularly in Kubza village, Merepkong Ward, Arkong Ward, Dilong Ward and Sangemla Ward and threatened and intimidated Congress workers. It alleged that Tsuknungtemshi of Arkong Ward and Talinungsang of Sangtemla Ward were ‘arrested’ on May 5 by ‘Maj’ Manen of Yaongyimsen who also the ‘commander’ of Kohima town. The two were taken to Chungtia then to Mekuli and later Mangmetong village, the village of home minister Imkong L.Imchen, it said.
They were released only after signing a bond not to support the Congress.It said Akumdong,Mongsensari and Chiten of Nokpu and Amenba of Mopungchuket villages were from Arkong Ward and allegedly arrested by ‘Maj’ Manen and ‘Maj’Imtimeren and released only after signing a bond not to support the Congress.
It said Imkonglemba ACCC president of 26 Aonglenden A/C and nine others were also kidnapped by Sashilemba “an important functionary” of the NSCN(I-M) and later released.It said the same group also forced Kubza village council members to support NPF candidate.
NPCC also alleged that home minister Imkong L.Imchen brought more than 200 NPF youth from his Koridang constituency to “capture polling booths in Arkong Ward” and also allegedly created problem to prevent Congress voters from entering the polling station.
It concluded, that “with all these premeditated plan and actions” the home minister had predicted before polling, that the “defeat of the Congress candidate was a foregone conclusion.”

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