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957 arrested for anti-election activities in Nepal

Reports also claim that the police have vowed to ensure complete safety for candidates and voters in order to carry out proper election process. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2017, 02.35 PM (IST)

Nepal police have arrested around 957 people from various regions of the country for carrying out anti-election activities. 

People have been arrested for allegedly attacking political leaders, members, candidates, and cadres. Out of the total arrested, 600 belong to Biplav-led Maoist, 13 were with CK Raut and the rest were associated with some other political party, as per media reports.

Around 11 people were also arrested by the police in Saptari which included three Indian nationals, for being a part of anti-election activities. 

Reports also claim that the police have vowed to ensure complete safety for candidates and voters in order to carry out proper election process. 

Almost 90% of the workforce has been adopted to ensure full security during elections.  

According to Saptari’s Superintendent of Police, Mukesh Kumar Singh, police also confiscated firearms from them, media reports further said.

"The Nepal Police has deputed booth security squads, mobile teams and security in plain clothes for the purpose of election security," The Himalayan Times quoted the police official as saying.

Nepal also closed its border points with India for three days from Tuesday mid-night ahead of elections.

A 65% voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of the elections.

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