EVMs damaged in poll violence
Two persons were killed, three injured and EVMs were damaged in stray incidents of violence in Nagaland during polls on Wednesday.india Updated: Feb 27, 2003 17:02 IST
Two persons were killed, three injured and EVMs were damaged in stray incidents of violence in Nagaland during the Assembly elections on Wednesday, officials said.
An NSCN-IM activist was shot dead and two others were arrested by security forces and police in agri colony area of Kohima town during a search operation in the morning, police soures said.
The other casualty occurred in Mokokchung district in a clash between activists of rival parties at Changtongia town, the sources said.
Suspected militants also fired in the air to scare away voters in the same town.
Unidentified persons damaged evms at a number of polling stations in Mokokchung, Wokha and Tuensang districts.
According to Wokha district administration, unidentified persons damaged EVMs at one polling station in sanis constituency and at a booth in wokha town segment.
Polling resumed after additional EVMs were provided.
In Tuensang district, EVMs at two polling stations in Longleng segment had to be replaced after being damaged by unidentified persons, officials said.
Another EVM was damaged at a polling station in Impur Assembly constituency of Mokokchung district.
District administration said suspected NSCN(I-M) activists snatched away voter slips from the presiding officer at a polling booth under Dimpaur-I constituency.
Polling began only at 0900 hours in a village under Ghaspani-I assembly constituency following misunderstanding between polling officials and village elders.
Nagaland DGP Hesso Mao, however, told PTI that the polling was peaceful everywhere except at Bhandari in Wokha district where village youths ransacked a polling station after officials and villagers had a heated argument.