Students torch Cong candidate's vehicle in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Feb 9: In the first incident of poll-related violence in Meghalaya, suspected Garo Student's Union members have set ablaze a vehicle, requisitioned by Congress MLA Samuel Sangma.

Police today said the incident occurred yesterday when a group of GSU members torched the Tata Sumo in front of the GSU office in Dapgre village in the state's West Garo Hills district. However, none was injured in the incident. According to preliminary investigation, police said a group of student members had approached the MLA for a vehicle to travel to an annual religious congregation in another district.

However, the students were reportedly angered when they found that the vehicle was not in a travelling condition and later they allegedly set the vehicle on fire, police added.

Meanwhile, police had registered a case in this connection and a manhunt was on to nab the students.

The Election Commission of India had already passed strict directions to the district administrations to act tough against anyone found involved in anti-social activities in the run-up to the election.

Extra security forces comprising central units from BSF and CRPF had already been deployed at Garo Hills to deal with any untoward incident.


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