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Village council president ‘threatened’ ahead of polls

Aizawl: Village Council President (VCP) of Northeast Tlangnuam village K. Lala on Monday submitted a complaint to Khawlian Police Outpost saying that he was threatened by three people posing as volunteers of the Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) or HPC-D not to support the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Congress party candidates in the coming election to Mizoram assembly for which polling will be held on Tuesday.

Police said VCPs of NE Tlangnuam and Khawlian villages within Chalfilh assembly constituency in Mizoram-Manipur border Saitual were threatened by 3 persons who claimed that they belonged to the HPC-D on Sunday evening.

The three persons told the two VCPs that the candidates of MNF and Congress should not bag more than 50 votes in the two villages, and if they secure more than 50 votes the consequences will fall on the local unit leaders of the two parties.

The unknown miscreants reportedly instructed the VCPs to inform the public that they should rather vote for Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and BJP candidates rather than MNF and Congress nominees. They also demanded Rs 3 lakh to be paid before 10 AM on Tuesday.

It may be noted that the HPC and the ZPM had recently inked an agreement for ore-poll alliance at Sakawrdai for the coming state assembly polls.

A senior Police official told Zoram Chronicle that they have identified the 3 persons who threatened the two VCPs but are yet to arrest them as they are now outside the state. 

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