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Cong gripes about Khaplang role in poll

Kohima, Feb. 15: Several complaints have been lodged with the authorities against the involvement of militants in the ongoing election process.

The latest one comes from Congress candidate Kiyezhe Aye of Suruhoto constituency in Zunheboto district. The party has complained about the involvement of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) and asked the government to declare Section 144 CrPC in the constituency.

In a letter to the returning officer, Zunheboto, the Congress candidate complained that cadres of the NSCN (K) designated camp at Surumi village, led by “general” Nikki Sumi, were supporting the Naga People’s Front candidate, Shetoyi Sumi.

The Congress candidate said in the 2008 election, too, the NSCN (K) was involved to garner support for Shetoyi who was then an Independent candidate. The election had witnessed underage voting, intimidation by NSCN (K), booth capturing and proxy voting. The constituency has 14,413 voters.

The Congress has demanded for CCTVs in all the polling booths in the constituency. The party has cautioned that if involvement of militant was not stopped there would be loss of properties and lives in the few days from now.

“In 2008 elections too the lack of adequate security arrangements had greatly disillusioned the thousands of voters, particularly the Congress voters, who were being constantly threatened by the supporters of the Independent candidate openly backed by the underground forces, who also happen to have their designated camp in Surumi village,” the Congress complained.

The party said in 2008, NSCN (K) cadres, along with the Independent candidate’s supporters, blocked the roads to Suruhuto town for two days.

“There has been widespread electoral offences and total corruption in the election model code of conduct in all the three Surumi village polling stations,” the Congress said in its letter.

There are also reports of involvement of militants in Aghunato and Pughoboto constituencies in Zunheboto district and some pockets in Mokokchung district.