Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar, Apr 10:
Polling was disrupted in four booths at Mathili block in Odisha’s Maoist-affected Malkangiri district this morning after a group of miscreants set the electronic voting machines (EVMs) on fire, sources in the Chief Electoral Office in Bhubaneswar said today.
According to reports, the miscreants set the EVMs meant for Booth no: 1, 2, 3 and 4, on fire.However, it is not yet clear if the torching EVMs was the handiwork of Maoists or local miscreants.
Briefing media persons in Bhubaneswar, chief electoral officer (CEO) Mona Sharma said some miscreants set fire to the truck which was carrying the EVMs to the polling booths.
She, however, made it clear that polling would begin at these four affected boothsin a short while. “We have kept extra EVMs in reserve that would is being sent to these booths after which the polling would start”, she said.
Two days ago, the Maoists had dug up roads in Mathili to prevent movement of security forces and had also put up banners and posters asking both people and polling officials to stay away from polling booths.