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Wednesday , May 7 , 2014
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Repoll in three booths today

Hailakandi, May 6: Re-polling in three booths under the Karimganj parliamentary constituency will be held tomorrow.

The re-polling was ordered following a written complaint by Krishna Das, the BJP candidate from Karimganj Lok Sabha seat, on alleged largescale rigging in these polling stations and video footage submitted as evidence.

The Election Commission had ordered an inquiry following Das’s complaint and on basis of the probe report given by the deputy commissioners of Hailakandi and Karimganj, a repoll was ordered.

Of the three booths, two are in Hailakandi district and the other in Karimganj district. Re-polling will be held at number 177 Haricharan Mahamaya Girls’ High school and number 35 Matijuri Girls’ Lower Primary School under Hailakandi Legislative Assembly constituency and number 40 Kabaribond Lower Primary School under Patherkandi Legislative Assembly constituency.

Voting in these booths took place on April 12.

The district administration had earlier identified three persons from the video footage submitted by the BJP.

The accused, Bapan Das, allegedly a Congress worker, Dilwar Hussain and Nurul Haque Barbhuiya (alleged AIUDF workers) were summoned by the Hailakandi district administration and their comments recorded.

The footage showed Das casting votes a number of times, while the two others were seen roaming inside the booth at Matijuri School.

In the Kabaribond school, video footage showed a presiding officer casting multiple votes.

Earlier, a three-member delegation comprising Das, secretary of the central committee of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha, Sipra Goon, and BJP’s Hailakandi district organisational secretary, Saikat Dutta Choudhury, had met election officials in New Delhi and demanded re-polling in 98 booths.