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Manipur: 2 arrested for causing damage to EVM, VVPAT machine on poll day

The District Police, during their course of investigation through eye witness testimony and call tracing arrested Onjalal Kipgen from B. Aijalon area of Churachandpur District.

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Imphal: District Police, Churachandpur arrested Onjalal Kipgen of K. Phaijang on March 1, 2022, for causing damage to EVM with a hammer. He was the polling agent for 57/49-Leinom Polling Station.

As per the FIR registered at District police, Churachandpur based on the report submitted by the Returning Officer, 57- Henglep AC, the EVM allotted to 57/49-Leinom Polling Station had been damaged by a person on poll day of Phase-I, February 28, 2022, at about 3:45 p.m.

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The District Police, during their course of investigation through eye witness testimony and call tracing arrested Onjalal Kipgen from B. Aijalon area of Churachandpur District.

It may be mentioned that such offense is in contravention to section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, section 171-C, section 427 and section 506 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine.

In another incident, District Police, Kangpokpi also arrested an accused namely, Manggoulun Haolai (19) Yrs S/o (L) Lammang Haolai of Mollen, Kamsei Village, Ukhrul District. He was arrested as per a complaint lodged by Returning Officer, 46-Saikul AC Bungba Maibam Khuman for causing damage to VVPAT machines at around 11:40 a.m. on February 28, 2022, at 46/54-Leplen polling Station by some unknown miscreants.

A case under FIR No. 8(2)2022 SKL-PS u/s 171(F)/427/447/34-IPC was registered at Saikul Police Station on the same day as per the complaint lodged and later added Section 136(2)(b) Representation of People Act, 1951. Soon after the registration of FIR, District Police led by OC/SKL-PS under the supervision of  Seikhomang Khongsai, DSP/G.SPM and the overall supervision of SP-KPI District Amrita Sinha, started an investigation of the case by visiting the place of occurrence i.e. 46/54 Leplen Polling Station.  After inspection of the P.O and as per the source from one of the personnel deployed, Manggoulun Haolai was arrested on the same day at 4:15 pm from Leplen village near Leplen Primary School. An investigation is also on to arrest the other co-accused persons.

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