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EC seeks report on poll rigging

- BJP submits footage of alleged Cong and AIUDF hand; code of conduct obstructs succour

Hailakandi, April 29: The Election Commission has asked Assam chief electoral officer Vijayendra to submit a report within a week on alleged rigging in 98 polling booths in Karimganj (SC) constituency, elections to which were conducted on April 12.

The booths include two in Hailakandi constituency, five in Patherkandi and 91 in South Karimganj.

BJP Mahila Morcha national vice-president Shipra Goon told The Telegraph from New Delhi that they met deputy election commissioner Alok Shukla and demanded a repoll in 98 polling booths.

She, along with BJP candidate Krishna Das and Hailakandi district committee’s organisational secretary Saikat Dutta Choudhury, submitted video footage of the alleged rigging and proxy voting. The district administration has begun a magisterial inquiry into the alleged rigging and proxy voting in three polling booths number 177 and 178 Haricharan Mahamaya Girls’ High School and 35 Matijuri LP School. It has identified three persons from the video footage.

Hailakandi additional deputy commissioner B.C. Das called one of the accused, Bapan Das, whom the BJP alleged to be a Congress worker, and interrogated him for three hours.

Sources said Bapan told the additional deputy commissioner that he had gone to the centre twice — to cast his own vote and again to help his aged grandmother at Haricharan School centre. The two others — Dilwar Hussain and Nurul Haque Barbhuiya — alleged to be AIUDF workers, have not been questioned yet. They had been seen roaming aimlessly at the booth in Matijuri School on April 12.

The BJP also alleged rigging by the presiding officer himself at 2 Kabaribond Junior Basic School polling booth under Patherkandi constituency and demanded action against him.

The members of Karimganj district committee of the BJP, led by the state vice-president and former MLA Mission Ranjan Das, today staged a demonstration in front of the deputy commissioner’s office, demanding action.

Goon threatened to go to court if the Election Commission takes no action.