North-East News File

NPCC happy at public’s cooperation during 36-hour ‘people’s protest’

Newmai News Network
Imphal | April 18
The Naga People’s Coordination Committee (NPCC) during the 36-hour “people’s protest” against the opening of Strong Rooms thanked the public, tribal hohos and various organization for extending cooperation. It had protested by organizing poster campaigns, holding 2-hour “voluntary” closure of shops, business establishments and halting of vehicular movements on the streets/roads and highways. The 36-hour protest was called against the opening of Strong Rooms where the EVMs of 58-Churachandpur, 59-Saikot and 60-Singhat assembly constituencies were stored. “Officials involved in the act be penalised as per the law of the land and those EVMs be excluded from counting on May 23, 2019,” the NPCC said. “The committee expects support and cooperation from every section of the society in the region in our endeavour to deliver justice to all, irrespective of political affiliation and community,” it added. “The NPCC in collaboration with the Naga public and like-minded civil society organisations would continue our democratic and peaceful process against all those forces/elements who try to violate the democratic process including the 17th Lok Sabha election 2019”, the NPCC added.

Assam records 73.32% polling till 5 pm

Guwahati, April 18 (IANS): The second phase of Lok Sabha election on Thursday in five of Assam’s 14 constituencies recorded 73.32 per cent polling till 5 p.m. amid reports of scuffles between miscreants and security forces in Hailakandio district of Barak Valley. The polling percentage is likely to shoot up as polling was continuing in some centres because of serpentine queues. In some of the remote polling stations, the Returning Officers are yet to report back to the Chief Electoral Officer’s office about the polling percentage, officials said. While Karimganj recorded 71.41 per cent polling, Silchar saw 71.79 per cent till 5 p.m. The Autonomous District (Diphu) polled 69.51 per cent, Mangaldai 75.07 per cent and Nowgong 75.71 per cent. The overall polling percentage in the 2014 Lok Sabha election across the 14 constituencies was 80.13 per cent. Election officials said there was also stone pelting on security forces. The polling started at 7 a.m. across 8,992 polling centres and ended officially at 5 p.m. A total of 69,10,592 voters were eligible to exercise their democratic right. There were 50 candidates in the race, including 18 Independents. On April 11, polling was held in five Lok Sabha constituencies of Assam: Tezpur, Kaliabar, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur. Four constituencies — Dhubri, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Guwahati — will vote on April 23.

Booth capturing attempt foiled in Assam’s Hailakandi

Guwahati, April 18 (IANS): A mob representing two rival political parties made an unsuccessful attempt to capture a polling booth in Hailakandi district in Assam’s Barak Valley during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. The incident came to light after Sector Officer Manidhar Singha filed an FIR at the Hailakandi Sadar police station wherein he mentioned the presence of two political leaders in the midst of a mob. “A mob representing two rival political forces assembled outside the polling station with an intention of booth capturing. Stones were hurled at the security personnel who had to resort to mild lathicharge to disperse the mob,” Singha said. The presiding officer, Basir Ahmed Barbhuiya, said polling inside the booth went on without any hiccups, as the security personnel took total control of the situation immediately. It may be mentioned here that the Hailakandi district administration had imposed Section 144 in and around the district since Wednesday following reports that there might be disturbances during the polls. There were 200 vulnerable and critical polling stations in the district. Adequate deployment of police and central paramilitary forces were made to ensure peaceful polling. “We thank the voters for coming out to vote in significant numbers. We would also like to thank the polling personnel, the Assam Police personnel and the security forces for their support to ensure smooth polling,” said Keerthi Jalli, District Election Officer, Hailakandi. Polling in 5 of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam started at 7 a.m. under tight security arrangements and ended at 5 p.m. Despite the scorching heat, long queues were seen at almost all the polling stations right since the morning.

Army Vice Chief visits forward areas in Sikkim

Kolkata, April 18 (PTI): Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Devraj Anbu visited Trishakti Corps and forward areas of Sikkim bordering China during a two-day visit that ended Thursday, a Defence official said. The Vice Chief was briefed by Lt Gen C P Mohanty, GOC Trishakti Corps, at its headquarter at Sukna in North Bengal on the operational preparedness and prevailing situation on the border. Lt Gen Anbu thereafter went to East Sikkim to visit key forward posts, where he interacted with the troops. He complimented the soldiers for their professionalism, commitment and dedication for maintaining round-the-clock vigil in sensitive border areas and upholding the sovereignty of the nation, the official said.

Two detained in Sikkim for violating MCC released

Gangtok, April 18 (PTI): Sikkim Police has released two persons, including a professor of a Delhi-based organisation, who were detained for allegedly carrying out survey work related to the assembly and Lok Sabha polls held in the state on April 11. The district administration had deemed the survey exercise carried out by the two researchers to be violation of the model code of conduct (MCC). “We have released the two individuals on Wednesday, who were caught doing an illegal survey work for a Delhi-based organisation…” District Collector (East) Kapil Meena, who is also the Returning Officer of the East District, said. “We also warned them of serious consequences for a repeat violation of the MCC, which will remain in place in Sikkim till next month,” he said. The director of the organisation had earlier written to the East District administration, seeking release of his two colleagues, as they were conducting “post-poll survey works for purely academic purposes”. Meena also said notices will be issued to the institution in Delhi under the MCC provisions and sections of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, for not obtaining prior permission for undertaking survey-related exercise in Sikkim. Polling for 32 assembly and one Lok Sabha seat in the state was held on April 11.