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1570 Bru voters exercise franchise in Mizoram

1500 Bru voters have come to Mizoram from neighbouring Tripura, where they are housed in six evacuee camps, to exercise their franchise.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2003 17:20 IST

More than 1500 Bru voters have come to Mizoram from neighbouring Tripura, where they are housed in six evacuee camps, to exercise their franchise in the special polling booths set up at the border villages of Tuipuibari and Kanhmun.

Mizoram Joint Chief Electoral Officer C Lalchhuana told PTI that about 70 Bru voters had arrived in Kanhmun village under Zawlnuam assembly constituency in the morning and many of them had cast their votes.

More than 1,500 Brus came towards Tuipuibari village under Kawrthah assembly constituency in 70 jeeps and 30 buses to exercise their franchise, the JCEO said.

No untoward incident had been reported from the two villages which fall under Mamit district except for the fact that two bombs exploded in Tuipuibari and Damparengpui hamlet on Tuesday night.

Following instructions from the Election Commission, special polling booths - 10 in Tuipuibari and seven in Kanhmun, were set up to enable 4,266 Bru voters, now lodged in six refugee camps in Tripura.

Security has been beefed up in two villages as Save Mizoram Committee (SMC), an umbrella organisation of all major political parties and NGOs, objected to the enrolment of voter residing outside the state.

A report from Tripura said on the directive of the Election Department the state Election Department has arranged transport facilities to take the Bru voters to the polling booths from the camp.

Six platoons of BSF had escorted the voters on their way to the booths to ensure safety and security.