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FIR registered against Mehbooba on EC directive

Source: PTI
May 04, 2004 21:57 IST
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Following an Election Commission directive, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has registered a case of intimidating voters and trespassing during the second phase of parliamentary elections was registered against Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti.

The case was registered at the Ram Munshi Bagh police station, which holds jurisdiction over Burnhall School polling station in Srinagar where Mehbooba had allegedly unveiled a voter, Inspector General of Police K Rajendra Kumar told PTI.

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After a full Commission meeting earlier in the day, the EC had asked the concerned authorities to register an FIR against Mehbooba under Section 171(C) of IPC for intimidating voters.

EC spokesman A N Jha said there were complaints from the state that she had gone to a polling station and intimidated voters and pulled the veil from the face of a voter. The Commission had also received a report from the authorities.

The opposition National Conference had filed a complaint with the election authorities after the incident.

Reacting to the EC directive, Mehbooba said, "The law should take its course."

Mehbooba said her action during the election for Srinagar constituency was taken in the capacity of a responsible citizen.

"I challenged the woman as she had already made two attempts to cast her vote at Burnhall School polling station in Sonawar," she claimed.

The decision is seen as a jolt to the PDP chief who is pitted against coalition ally Communist Party of Indian-Marxist candidate M Y Tarigami in Anantnag, which goes to polls on Wednesday.
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