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Hailakandi, December 13, 2018:

A beat officer was arrested on the ground of electoral offence at a counting hall following a complaint by an Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) candidate contesting for Zila Parishad seat under Bhatirkupa-Boalipar Zila Parishad Council (ZPC) in Hailakandi district.

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AGP ZPC candidate Hilaluddin Borbhuiya lodged a complaint with the Returning Officer, Adil Khan on Wednesday on electoral malpractice committed by beat officer, Ramnathpur, Abul Hussain Mazumder during counting of votes.

Mazumder engaged as counting supervisor has allegedly committed a serious electoral offence by mixing up AGP votes with that of AIUDF resulting in grave anomaly.

Ordering recounting on the basis of the complaint, Khan detected that there was quite a difference in the number of votes polled 69 and the one recorded by the forester as 113. It also came to light that two of his relatives were contesting as AIUDF candidates from the same ZPC, a self declaration he should have made as per EC guidelines.

Returning Officer Khan ordered police for immediate arrest of the beat officer.

Meanwhile, a dummy agent was arrested for posing as a representative of an AGP candidate but actually was found to be a representative of an independent candidate.

Husband of a contesting GPM candidate was handed over to the police as he entered the counting centre with his wife’s entry pass with his photo pasted on it.

Nine persons were detained by a posse of security personnel guarding the Government VMHS School counting centre for trying to intrude through bogus entry pass.

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