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Sabyasachi Kundu

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court (HC) today granted anticipatory bail to BJP MLA candidate from Satyabadi Assembly constituency Om Prakash Mishra in connection with the alleged vandalisation of EVM in a booth in Puri during the third phase polls.

As per the High Court order, no police action can be initiated against Mishra until further orders, informed sources. The High Court granted interim protection while hearing the anticipatory bail petition filed by Om Prakash.

A complaint was lodged against Mishra for allegedly vandalising EVM and thrashing the presiding officer Sibaram Mohapatro at polling booth no 78 at Birakesharpur village under Satyabadi police limits of Puri district during the third phase polls on April 23.

Two persons-- Manoj Samantray and Akhaya Biswal were also arrested in this regard the following day while Mishra is on the run.

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