Mizoram Police arrests one for allegedly intimidating voters

Mizoram pollsMizoram Police have arrested one person for intimidating voters before the Mizoram state elections.

In the ongoing investigation into allegations of a political party working with armed rebel groups to intimidate voters in Mizoram's northern regions bordering Manipur ahead of the just-concluded assembly polls, Mizoram Police on Tuesday arrested a man in Sakawrdai town and booked him under various criminal cases.

The accused, Darliansanga, has been booked under IPC sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 153 A (promoting disharmony, enmity, hatred or ill-will between communities) and 171 F (undue influence or personation at an election) and was being brought to state capital Aizawl in the afternoon.

A police spokesperson said Darliansanga was nabbed by police after finding out he had telephoned members of the Hmar Peoples Convention Democratic (HPCD) and telling them, "Your candidates are not likely to win, you must intimidate the people some more for them to win."

The accused is a small-time contractor whom police said has been an "active supporter of the HPCD".

Police said they had been tracking intimidating phone calls from inside Manipur to community leaders in three Hmar tribe dominated constituencies of Mizoram as election campaigning began and that more arrests are likely soon.

Meanwhile, the CEO's office, Mizoram, has referred to the ECI a case in which a polling station has registered 26 more votes than the number of voters who exercised their franchise there. 

The polling station is the same station where police on Monday arrested a polling officer for allegedly instructing voters to press "the third button on the EVM".

The arrest had been made after rival political parties had lodged a complaint against the official.

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