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Police resort to lathi-charge at Ochira Lathi-charge at Ochira

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Returning officer `held captive'

KOLLAM: The police resorted to lathicharge at the Ochira counting centre shortly after 7.30 p.m. on Monday to rescue a returning officer, P.J. Joy, who was allegedly held captive by a group of Left Democratic Front (LDF) activists. The activists resorted to the step in protest against the Government employees in the area not getting their postal ballots.

A similar situation has also developed at the Sasthamcotta counting centre where a returning officer, S. Omanakuttan, has been held captive allegedly by hundreds of LDF activists. At the time of going to press, a huge posse of police was moving towards Sasthamcotta.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) district secretary K. Rajagopal has registered a strong protest against what he described as the "alleged denial of postal ballot papers to the Government employees deputed for election work.'' Mr. Rajagopal said that hundreds of employees could not vote because of this.

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