Mobs and scuffle mar India’s election

A POLICE van was thrashed by a mob in a fight over alleged phantom voters in India’s general election, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Seven people ended up getting arrested in Tamil Nadu state after the fight.

Agents of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) party and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam at the Arakkonam constituency have protested about “fake votes” being cast under the names of deceased people or those who were abroad.

Following an argument with election officials, polling was stopped for half an hour but continued after officials lodged a police report on the matter.

The PMK candidate and his supporters who disagreed with the continuation of voting started protesting.

Meanwhile, a group of people who turned up at a polling station allegedly to cast fake votes were promptly arrested.

But soon, a mob surrounded the police van and demanded the officers let the men out so that they could confront them.

When the police refused, they started protesting by breaking the windows of the van and deflating its tyres.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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