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Evening briefing: Armed men disrupt polls in Manipur; PM Modi's ‘aata’ jibe at Pakistan; and more

Apr 19, 2024 07:01 PM IST

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The ongoing Lok Sabha polls in the Inner Manipur constituency have been marred by incidents of intimidation and violence. Armed individuals disrupted polling stations, firing shots in the air and threatening voters and party agents. In Thamnapokpi, voters fled in panic as armed men fired near a polling booth, prompting the dispatch of additional security personnel. Similar incidents occurred in Uripok, Iroishemba, and Kiyamgei, where armed men coerced voters and targeted party agents. In Moirangkampu Sajeb Awang Leikai, a firing incident and clash occurred at a polling booth. The Congress candidate raised concerns about the removal of his agent by armed youths. Dig deeper

Incidents of intimidation and firing were reported from at least two places in Inner Manipur constituency.
Incidents of intimidation and firing were reported from at least two places in Inner Manipur constituency.

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