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Stray violence in Kokrajhar

Kokrajhar, April 16: Independent candidate Urkhao Gwra Brahma Brahma today filed a complaint with the chief electoral officer and returning officer of Kokrajhar (ST) parliamentary constituency against the BPF and its president Hagrama Mohilary accusing him of indulging in largescale violence and intimidation by using sophisticated arms.

In his complaint letter, Brahma, the consensus Independent candidate of the All Bodo Students’ Union and its allies, said the situation in Baksa district was volatile and not conducive to free and fair elections if the situation spun out of control.

Sporadic incidents of pre-poll violence were reported from several parts of Baksa under Kokrajhar constituency, forcing the district administration to order a flag march this evening at Mushalpur .

Baksa deputy commissioner and returning officer Anupam Kumar Roy said the situation was tense but under control. He said additional four companies of paramilitary forces were rushed to the district and deployed in sensitive areas.

Two vehicles used by Brahma’s supporters were damaged at Medhaghat in Baksa by unidentified men last evening.

A bike was torched at Balukdanga. At Borimukh, an election office of Brahma was vandalised on Monday. The election office of the BPF was torched at Subhankhata and Nikashi the same evening. Election offices of both BPF and Brahma were torched at Narayanpur — all in Baksa district. Stray incidents of pre-poll violence were also reported at Nayabasti, also in Baksa.

Stray incidents of violence were also reported from Chirang district. An irate mob comprising supporters of Brahma vandalised the election office of the BPF and damaged a vehicle at Bangaldoba on Monday evening. Sources said residents of the area gheraoed the BPF office after a senior BPF member was beaten up by some Absu workers.

With just a few days to go for polls, various political parties and candidates have intensified their campaign to woo voters at different places.

Brahma today organised his election campaign in Baksa.

In Kokrajhar, Naba Kumar Sarania, alias Hira Sarania, a consensus candidate of Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho carried out a series of programmes in Basugaon, Salakati, Kalipukuri, Dolmara, Bhutigaon, Joraigaon, Balajan, Dimolgaon, Chantrapara, Magurmari, Sesapani, Bhotgaon and Fakiragram.

BPF candidate Chandan Brahma also campaigned at various places in Chirang and Baksa.

Former Meghalaya governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary who is contesting on a Trinamul Congress ticket and Independent candidate Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary were also seen campaigning at various places.

Another Independent candidate, Sabda Rabha is, however, maintaining a low profile and his election campaign is yet to gain momentum.

A total of six candidates are in the fray from Kokrajhar (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, a first of its kind in history, Kokrajhar has never witnessed more than three to four candidates contesting since elections began in 1951-52. Kokrajhar goes to polls on April 24.