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Polling yet to begin in disputed area in Nagaland

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 10:33am IST | Place: Kohima | Agency: PTI

Polling is yet to begin on Wednesday in a disputed area under Longleng district of Nagaland bordering Assam where security forces have prohibited entry of polling officials and setting up of a polling station.

Longleng Superintendent of Police James said tension was prevailing along the border area between Yanglok and Ladaigarh villages after Assam Police along with CRPF personnel prohibited the entry of polling officials and setting up the Ladaigarh Polling Station (PS) No. 1 under 49 Tamlu Assembly Constituency in the district.

Ladaigarh polling station with an electorate of 302 is located at the government lower primary school which has been occupied by Assam Police since 2007 despite a Supreme Court order to maintain status quo.

The SP said that Assam Police and CRPF personnel in the building have set up new bunkers restricting the entry of polling officials.

Since the Assam Police has stopped entry of polling officials no alternative arrangement could be made, he said.

Sources in Chief Electoral Officer's office said that discussions have been held between the district administration on both sides of the border last night but they were inconclusive.

Nagaland CEO Sentiyanger Imchen has also sought the intervention of the Election Commission to direct the Assam government to vacate the building. 

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