Alleged manhandling by police while trying to maintain order at a voter queue at a polling station in Mazbat in lower Assam's Udalaguri district sparked off a face-off between voters and the police during the final phase of polling in the state on Monday.
District Superintendent of Police Debajit Deuri told reporters that police had accidentally touched a woman voter while attempting to maintain order at a queue at the polling station.
The police was trying to ensure that the voters stood in a proper queue as the area near the polling station was narrow when the incident occured, Deuri said.
The voters immediately protested and had a heated exchange of words with the police who allegedly manhandled them, according to the Assam Minorities Students Union.
Deuri admitted that there was "aggression" on the part of the police but on appologising to the people, the situation was brought under control and voting continued uninterrupted.