2 Held For Vandalising EVM In Puri, Lookout Circular Issued Against BJP MLA Candidate

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25 April 2019


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Puri: After BJP candidate for Satyabadi Assembly seat Om Prakash Mishra was accused of attacking a Presiding Officer and damaging EVM machines at booth 78 of Birakesarpur, the cops have arrested two persons in connection with the incident. On the other hand, cops have issued a lookout circular against Mishra.

The arrested persons have been identified as Manas Samantaray (32) of Khordha and Akshaya Kumar Biswal (34) of Kanas. According to reports, they are supporters of BJP’s Satyabadi MLA candidate Om Prakash Mishra.

On Tuesday night, Presiding Officer Shibram Mohapatra of Balabhadra Nodal Up School polling station at Birakesarpur alleged that at around 5.30 PM, when he had asked the remaining voters to remain within the booth premises, Mishra along with 200 bike-borne supporters gathered near the booth.

Out of them 15 persons barged into the booth and attacked him. They also destroyed the EVM machines and tore some important poll documents. One of them also brandished a gun but villagers came to the rescue of Mohapatra.

While two persons have been apprehended and the gun has been seized, Mishra is still absconding. Puri SP Uma Shankar Das informed that three special squads have been formed and they had raided his residence at Hansapal in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, but returned empty-handed. All efforts to apprehend him are on and lookout circular has been issued as well. Photos of Mishra have been sent to authorities of various airports in the country as a part of the circular, stated reports.

Earlier on April 19, BJP candidate for Sorada assembly seat, Nilamani Bisoi, had been arrested by police for destroying an EVM machine at a booth in Renti village under Sorada police limits.




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Uma Shankar Das, SP, Puri