In Mizoram, College Prof. Among 3 Poll Officers Were Removed During Election Duty

People stand in queues to cast their votes inside a polling booth during the first phase of state assembly election in Limbdi town of Surendranagar district in the western state of Gujarat, India, December 9, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave - RC1B60304F60

MIZORAM

Three polling officials, including two presiding officers, in Mizoram’s Lunglei district were removed from their duties after they were allegedly found in an inebriated state attempting to assault other officials.

The three persons were removed from the election duties with immediate effect and authorities concerned were asked to initiate departmental enquiries against them, a senior official at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.

Those who faced action include James RT Khuma, an Associate Professor at Government J Buana College who was the presiding officer at a polling station in Lunglei South assembly seat.

“He was found to be intoxicated in the DC office premises was behaving in an extremely unruly manner and attempted to physically assault a senior officer in the presence of others,” Lunglei Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Returning Officer Ankita Chakravarty said in an order.

She ordered the principal of Government J Buana College to immediately initiate disciplinary proceedings against Khuma considering it to be “serious misconduct”