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Friday , April 18 , 2014
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Misa ‘breaches’ internal security
- Entry with ‘armed guards’, evm smashed

RJD candidate Misa flaunts her voter identity card in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Deepak Kumar

Patna, April 17: Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti has been accused of breaking the law by entering a polling booth with armed guards in her Pataliputra constituency today.

FIRs will be lodged against the Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate and her supporters, who allegedly vandalised the booth and broke a voting machine, Bihar chief electoral officer Ajay Naik said.

A TV channel beamed a video clip showing Misa, who is named after the dreaded Maintenance of Internal Security Act enforced during Emergency, quarrelling with polling officials. She is seen running after a cameraman shooting the scene and blocking the lens with her hands.

Shivpujan Rai, the presiding officer at booth No. 34 at Dihri Middle School, in Bihta in the Vikram Assembly segment, has sent a report to Naik.

Naik said two FIRs would be lodged. “The first would be for Misa entering the booth with armed security guards,” he said. “The second would be against a group of criminals who entered the booth after Misa left and vandalised the voting machine.”

Lalu Prasad said: “Misa did not break the voting machine. The booth was captured by the BJP and she had gone there to protest.”

He alleged the polling officials colluded with the BJP and damaged the machine. He declared that Misa too would lodge an FIR against the polling officials.

Misa alleged the officials had misbehaved with her and said she would lodge an FIR against the presiding officer. “They caught hold of my hand and tried to snatch my cellphone,” she alleged.

Misa is locked in a stiff contest against Lalu Prasad aide turned BJP candidate Ram Kripal Yadav, who termed today’s alleged incident “unfortunate”.