UDP candidate arrested in Meghalaya

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Jowai, Feb 12 (UNI) Meghalaya police today arrested United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate Richard Sing Lyngdoh for "assaulting" and "intimidating" an electorate at Sutnga village in Jaintia Hills district.

Mr Lyngdoh, who is also the sitting member of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, is contesting the March 3 Assembly polls from Sutnga-Shangpung constituency.

"We have arrested him (Mr Lyngdoh) on charges of criminal intimidation, assaulting and common intention," Jaintia Hills District Superintendent of Police MK Singh told UNI here.

Yesterday, the police arrested Mr Lyndoh's brother Self Denial Lyngdoh on the same charges.

Election officials here said on February 9, Mr Lyngdoh along with his brother allegedly forced voters of Sutnga village to cast votes in his favour.

However, when one of the villagers - Jesban Chyrmang - questioned his right to vote, the candidate accompanied by his brother allegedly thrashed him severely. Mr Chyrmang later filed an FIR against the duo and later another FIR jointly signed by 71 people.

Meanwhile, the police have booked both the brothers under Section 325, 506 and 34 IPC .

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