Shillong: Ahead of the Meghalaya bypolls to three Assembly seats on October 30, four people have been arrested following Wednesday night’s clashes between the supporters of NPP and the Congress in Rajabala constituency’s Garodoubi village.

Speaking with EastMojo, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh confirmed that the police have made four arrests following registration of a case. Some more people who were involved in the clash will be arrested as the investigation in the case is on, the DC said.

“Post campaigning, a clash between the supporters of the two parties (Cong and NPP) took place around 4 pm on Wednesday. A total of 12 people received minor injuries out of the 21 people involved. The returning officer has already filed a report along with the police report,” informed the DC.

The Deputy Commissioner added that this clash has been registered as an electoral offence. He said the police are yet to ascertain how the clash broke out and also said they do not yet know as to which party/parties the four arrested people belong.

He added that the clash took place after the supporters were returning from a campaign. “The situation was immediately brought under control. Additional security forces have been deployed to ensure that no untoward incident takes place,” the deputy commissioner added.

Videos of the clash between the supporters of the two parties soon emerged and showed those involved throwing stones at each other. Some local residents could also be heard shouting for help in the video.

Wednesday was the last day for campaigning for the by-polls to the three Assembly seats – Rajabala, Mawphlang and Mawryngkneng. The polling is scheduled for October 30 and the ballots will be counted on November 2.

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