EVM allegedly in MLA’s private car; police firing to control crowd

Karimganj, Apr 2 : A tensed situation prevailed at Kanishail in Patharkandi of Karimganj district on Thursday night, after EVM’s were allegedly recovered from a private vehicle, that too allegedly owned by Patharkandi MLA.

The vehicle was stopped by locals there putting allegation of “EVM Hacking” against the Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul. The situation turned so volatile that police had to resort to fire three shots in air, in a bid to disperse the charged crowd.

The crowd was protesting, blocking the National highway, and also mishandeled the driver of the said vehicle, as per videos available in social media.

The EVM was being taken from Ratabari to the strongroom.

Silchar former MP and All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev, taking to Twitter over this incident, wrote “After phases 1 and 2 of #AssamAssemblyElection2021, it has become clear the BJP is facing a rout in the state. They have thus taken to openly looting EVMs. Is ECI awake or will democracy die in darkness?”.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi also raised question over the alleged transport of EVMs on private vehicle.

Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul was not available for comment.

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