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booth capturing
 n.— «Police said that the deaths and injuries occurred during clashes between rival parties, police gunfire to break up disturbances and incidents of “booth capturing,” a uniquely South Asian election phenomenon in which armed partisan gangs raid a polling station where an election is closely contested and shoot it out until one party takes command of the election boxes.» —“Heavy Voting and Violence Mark Indian Elections” Washington Post Dec. 25, 1984. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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