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Some voters in northeast India go back to the polls after violence disrupts first day of election
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Some voters in northeast India go back to the polls after violence disrupts first day of election

2024-04-22 18:24 Last Updated At:18:31

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Voters at a handful polling places in a northeastern Indian state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week.

Indian election authorities voided the results at 11 of Manipur state's nearly 3,000 polling stations after armed men damaged election machines during the first day of voting in national elections on Friday.

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A paramilitary soldier stops a vehicle from entering a polling booth area during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Voters at a handful polling places in a northeastern Indian state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week.

A woman, right, casts her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman, right, casts her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carrying a child poses after casting her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carrying a child poses after casting her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A Border Security Force soldier stands guard as women queue up to vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A Border Security Force soldier stands guard as women queue up to vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carries a baby in a sling on her back as she shows her papers to a security personnel at a polling booth before casting her vote during the first round of polling of India's national election in Bishnupur constituency on the outskirts of Imphal, Manipur, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. Nearly 970 million voters will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for five years, during staggered elections that will run until June 1. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carries a baby in a sling on her back as she shows her papers to a security personnel at a polling booth before casting her vote during the first round of polling of India's national election in Bishnupur constituency on the outskirts of Imphal, Manipur, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. Nearly 970 million voters will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for five years, during staggered elections that will run until June 1. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

State officials said that at at least six of the stations, armed men broke the electronic voting machines which citizens use to cast their ballots.

Manipur has been wracked by ethnic violence between the state’s two dominant ethnic groups since May 2023. Around 200 people have been killed and over 60,000 displaced as mobs have rampaged through villages and torched houses.

The unrest broke out when Christian Kukis protested a demand by the mostly Hindu Meiteis for a special status that would let them buy land in hills that populated by Kukis and other tribal groups. The clashes have persisted despite the army’s presence in Manipur, a state of 3.7 million people tucked in the mountains on India’s border with Myanmar.

The world’s largest democratic election began in India on Friday, as millions across 21 states cast their votes. The six-week long multi-phase election is seen as a referendum on Narendra Modi, the populist prime minister who has made Hindu nationalism mainstream as he seeks a third, straight term as the country’s leader. The votes will be counted on June 4.

The main opposition Congress party on Friday had alleged that the vote was being rigged in Manipur and demanded re-polling at 47 stations. Earlier that day, there were incidents of clashes among armed groups in the state. Despite the violence, the state saw 66.5% voter turnout.

Other parts of the state state will also head to the polls on April 26 for a second phase of voting.

This article has been edited to correct the voter turnout figure for Manipur state.

A paramilitary soldier stops a vehicle from entering a polling booth area during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A paramilitary soldier stops a vehicle from entering a polling booth area during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman, right, casts her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman, right, casts her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carrying a child poses after casting her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carrying a child poses after casting her vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A Border Security Force soldier stands guard as women queue up to vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A Border Security Force soldier stands guard as women queue up to vote during a re-polling in Imphal West District, Manipur, India, Monday, April 22, 2024. Voters at some polling places in this northeastern state went back to the polls amid tight security on Monday after violence disrupted the vote last week. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carries a baby in a sling on her back as she shows her papers to a security personnel at a polling booth before casting her vote during the first round of polling of India's national election in Bishnupur constituency on the outskirts of Imphal, Manipur, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. Nearly 970 million voters will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for five years, during staggered elections that will run until June 1. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

A woman carries a baby in a sling on her back as she shows her papers to a security personnel at a polling booth before casting her vote during the first round of polling of India's national election in Bishnupur constituency on the outskirts of Imphal, Manipur, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. Nearly 970 million voters will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for five years, during staggered elections that will run until June 1. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)

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Ohtani and Smith power Dodgers past reeling Mets 10-3 for 3-game sweep

2024-05-30 10:35 Last Updated At:10:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani homered and drove in three runs, Will Smith went deep twice and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the frustrated New York Mets with a 10-3 victory on Wednesday.

Smith's second homer was a tiebreaking solo shot off Adam Ottavino (1-2) to start a six-run eighth inning capped by Ohtani's two-run drive. Miguel Vargas blooped a two-run double, and Miguel Rojas bounced an RBI single over a drawn-in infield during the latest meltdown by a dreadful Mets bullpen.

“That's where we won the ballgame, just putting the exclamation point on with those guys,” Smith said.

Jason Heyward had a pinch-hit triple in the eighth and added a solo homer in the ninth. Rojas matched a career high with four of Los Angeles' 16 hits.

“A lot of good things happened. A lot of good situational at-bats, two-strike hitting,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Just across the board up and down the line was really good to see. I thought we were just using the whole field better.”

Ohtani also had an RBI single. He began the day in a 7-for-37 (.189) slide since his previous home run May 17 against Cincinnati.

“We talked about it earlier today, and I just felt he was on his way as long as he's swinging at good pitches,” Roberts said.

Ohtani's 14th homer of the season came off reliever Jorge López, ejected moments later for shouting at third base umpire Ramon De Jesus over an appeal ruling on Freddie Freeman's checked swing.

As he walked off the field, López tossed his cap to the dirt in front of the Mets’ bench and threw his glove into the stands behind the dugout. After the game, he said he didn't regret the outburst — and the Mets began the process of designating him for assignment.

New York (22-33) has lost 10 of 12 and 15 of 19. Following the latest defeat, the clubhouse was kept closed for about 40 minutes as the Mets held a players-only meeting initiated by shortstop Francisco Lindor.

“We just opened the floor and talked about ways that we can turn it around,” outfielder Brandon Nimmo said, adding the meeting was positive and very constructive. “Just felt like a boiling-over point.”

Smith also doubled and scored three times as the NL West leaders took all three games at Citi Field after arriving on a five-game losing streak. The All-Star catcher has three homers in the last two games — he connected in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader sweep.

Blake Treinen (2-0) worked a scoreless seventh for the win.

Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead on Smith's first homer and RBI singles by Andy Pages and Ohtani. Smith doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Pages' base hit.

But unbeaten lefty James Paxton, who tossed three shutout innings, was pulled after 50 pitches as planned because it was his first time starting on four days' rest this season.

“He gave us what we needed, knowing we had some length behind us,” Roberts said.

New York tied it in the fifth when No. 9 batter Tomás Nido launched a two-run homer off Elieser Hernández, and J.D. Martinez hit an RBI double against Michael Grove.

Mets starter David Peterson allowed three runs — two earned — over five innings in his season debut following left hip surgery. Peterson cost himself with an errant pickoff attempt prior to Ohtani's run-scoring single.

“Felt good to be back,” Peterson said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Los Angeles closer Evan Phillips (right hamstring) retired both batters he faced Tuesday in a rehab outing for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He is expected to come off the injured list Friday. ... Max Muncy's recovery from a right oblique strain will be slow, Roberts said. The infielder was placed on the injured list May 17.

Mets: Struggling closer Edwin Díaz was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. ... 1B Pete Alonso exited in the first inning after getting hit on the right hand by a 93 mph fastball from Paxton. The Mets said Alonso would undergo imaging. X-rays were normal, manager Carlos Mendoza said. ... C Francisco Alvarez (left thumb surgery) begins a rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Following an off day, RHP Walker Buehler (1-2, 4.26 ERA) starts Friday night at home against last-place Colorado in the opener of a three-game series.

Mets: Rookie RHP Christian Scott (0-2, 3.97 ERA) makes his fifth major league start Thursday night versus Arizona in the opener of a four-game set. On the mound for the defending NL champions is RHP Zac Gallen (5-4, 3.12), who finished third in Cy Young Award voting last year.

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, celebrates with Will Smith, left, after Smith hit a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, celebrates with Will Smith, left, after Smith hit a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Miguel Vargas (27) watches as Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. Vargas scored on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Miguel Vargas (27) watches as Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. Vargas scored on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Will Smith hits a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Will Smith hits a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) hands the ball to New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza (64) during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) hands the ball to New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza (64) during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A New York Mets fan wears a paper bag during the ninth inning of a baseball game between the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. The Dodgers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A New York Mets fan wears a paper bag during the ninth inning of a baseball game between the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. The Dodgers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Heyward (23) celebrates with Mookie Betts (50) and Gavin Lux after a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. The Dodgers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Heyward (23) celebrates with Mookie Betts (50) and Gavin Lux after a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. The Dodgers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (17) runs toward home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (17) runs toward home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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