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Police effort to maintain proper voter queue sparks tension

Last Updated: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 11:26

Mazbat: 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 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

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.


First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 11:26

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