[ Nellie N Manpoong ]
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The state police have received 13 reports of poll-related violence in the state, including damaging of electronic voting machines and clashes between rival political parties.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg informed that they have received 13 complaints, of which some have been registered while inquiry is underway on the rest.
“Major reports have come in mostly from Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Longding and East Kameng districts,” Garg said.
Regarding reports of an attack on the Sangram police station OC’s house and damaging of the magistrate’s vehicle in Kurung Kumey district, the IGP said the OC is still on duty and all complaints from officials on duty regarding attacks would be looked into soon.
On the report of a death in Nyapin in Kurung Kumey district on 10 April, Garg said one person, who was reportedly involved in a clash, had been taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
While he refrained from divulging details about the victim, the IGP said the police are collecting details of the case.
“I cannot say whether it was a poll-related incident, but we are making inquiries, and we have found out that one person succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
Garg also informed that the DIG and the Longding district SP are investigating the attack on the National People’s Party’s Longding-Pumao candidate Thangwang Wangham.
“They are already there and are working out the case. They are making inquiries and taking appropriate action,” Garg informed.
Asked whether the police have made any arrests, the IGP said details are yet to arrive as the officials are still compiling the cases.
“Our first priority now is to work out all election-related issues. Overall, the situation in the state in under control,” he added.