Violence, alleged intimidation of voters and attacks on polling staff and EVM were reported from various parts of Tripura as polling for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) was held across 1244 polling stations in 28 constituencies on April 6.
Officials said that over 80% votes were polled in the ADC elections. The state election commission said that the final poll percentage will increase as final reports were being tallied.
Election officials said that baring a few sporadic incidents, voting was by and large peaceful. But various reports said that to cease tension, police had to open a round of blank fire to disperse crowd in a polling station in Sepahijala.
A group of voters in the morning raised an allegation in a particular booth of Bishramganj in Sepahijala that the symbol of The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) was not visible in the EVM and the button was not responding. “They destroyed the EVM and broke the table of the presiding officer of the booth that triggered tension and compelled police to make blank fire,” election officials said.
The opposition CPI-M and TIPRA accused ruling BJP and IPFT of intimidating voters in many places and preventing opposition voters from casting votes.