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KAAC Polls: Violence in West Karbi Anglong; Mob torch down-ballot papers

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Mob damaged ballot boxes at polling station in Duar Amla constituency on Wednesday

Guwahati: Violence erupted at polling both in No-1 Duar Amla constituency in West Karbi Anglong as the final phase of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) election got underway on Wednesday.

According to reports, ballot boxes were destroyed and papers were reportedly set on fire by miscreants.

A mob also made an attempt to attack security personnel deployed at the police centre.

Following this, the police personnel resorted to blank firing to disperse the mob.

Speaking to the media, one of the electors said, “We consider this polling as illegal, we won’t allow the election commission to take away these ballot boxes from the polling station of Duar Amla constituency. We demand re-election or else we won’t allow continuing the polling. We have burnt the ballot papers. Assam Police is responsible for this. The seal was missing from certain ballot boxes and after half an hour it was found with the police.”

Earlier, in the morning hour, special DGP Assam police supervised the duty deployment at poll-bound Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC). GP Singh also took to Twitter saying, “District nestled in the lap of nature, Karbi Anglong goes to poll for KAAC elections. Supervised the duty deployment of Karbi Anglong police.”

It may be mentioned that polling for the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) elections spread across two hill districts continued till 4.30 pm.

Voting was held across 906 polling stations for a total of 26 council constituencies.

A total of 7,40,060 voters will decide the fate of the 154 candidates who participated in the elections.

On Tuesday, the State Election Commission of Assam appointed the Joint Secretary, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) as Returning Officer of the 11-Langpher Constituency in the KAAC election.

The poll campaigning for the ensuing Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) elections in Assam came to an end last Monday.

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