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EC teams begin enquiries in Siwan and Bettiah

By K. Balchand

PATNA, MAY 9. Two teams of the Election Commission today commenced enquiries into allegations of malpractices in the Siwan and Bettiah constituencies in Bihar.

The teams began enquiries in Siwan and Motihari, where they held meetings with the respective Returning Officers and the candidates.

One team, comprising K.J. Rao and N. N. Butolia, are camping in Siwan, while the other comprising, Sanga Ram and Ashish Chakravarty, are in Motihari.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) candidate, Amar Nath Yadav, and the Janata Dal (U) nominee, Om Prakash Yadav, had accused the RJD MP, Md. Shahabuddin, who is in the jail, of indulging in largescale rigging in Siwan.

As regards Bettiah, complaints were filed by the independent candidate and filmmaker, Prakash Jha, the CPI (ML) candidate, V.Gupta, who contested the election from behind bars, and the Communist Party of India candidate, Ram Chandra Sahni, who charged the RJD MP, Raghunath Jha, with malpractices.

The RJD workers jeered Prakash Jha as he emerged from his meeting with the two-member probe team. Slogans were raised and paper missiles and mud were flung. The Commission officials intervened and directed the SP to provide adequate security to Mr. Jha.

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