BJP candidate from Uluberia North claimed the EVMs were recovered from TMC leader Gautam Ghosh’s house. He alleged they were brought in an election duty car
In an incident that took place last night, four Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and four voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) were found at a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader’s residence in Uluberia North constituency that goes to polls on Tuesday, April 6.
BJP candidate Chiran Bera claimed the EVMs were recovered from TMC leader Gautam Ghosh’s house located in Tulsiberia. He alleged the machines were brought in an election duty car. A ‘Sector 17’ election duty car was parked outside the TMC leader’s house.
The sector officer caught red-handed by the villagers there, however, claimed that since it was very late in the night, the central forces had slept off and didn’t open the booth so they went to a relative’s house to sleep which happened to be of a TMC leader. The police force that arrived at the spot had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd. The EVMs and the VVPATs have been recovered by the police and taken to a safer place.
Sector officer suspended, recovered EVMs barred from use
The sector officer has also been suspended and the four EVMs recovered from the site were reserved EVMs and have been barred from use. As per the Election Commission sources (EC), disciplinary action will be taken against the polling officials responsible for this lapse. Orders to be issued shortly. The Sector Police attached to Sector Officer has also been directed to be suspended.