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BSF sub-inspector found using laptop outside EVM strongroom

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

A BSF was allegedly found using a computer outside a strongroom housing Machines in district of Chhattisgarh, officials said Wednesday.

Vikram Kumar Mehra, belonging to the 175th battalion of the Border Security Force, was removed from duty at the strongroom at Mandi after the raised the issue of security of EVMs, they said.

leaders late Tuesday evening raised objection over the alleged use of computer by the BSF man at the strongroom following which local officials swung into action, Collector Mahadev Kawre told

The allegedly being used by Mehra was seized in front of representatives of political parties, he said, adding the was removed from security duty and another was posted in his place.

Prima facie it was found the SI was using the laptop in the guardroom outside the strongroom, he said.

The laptop and its contents were being checked by a team of officials, including technical experts, Kawre said, adding further action will be taken accordingly.

EVMs of three assembly constituencies Bemetara, Nawagarh and Saja were kept in the strongroom of district headquarters, he said.

Meanwhile, raising suspicion about the possibility of EVM hacking and tampering, the has alleged an attempt was being made to influence the poll outcome in the BJP-ruled state.

"Incidents of violations of security in strongrooms were being reported from several places in the state which raises questions over role of the and administration in conducting a fair poll," said of Opposition T S Singhdeo of the Congress in a statement.

Use of in and around strongrooms is banned, but such incidents have become frequent in the state, he said.

On November 27, an and four people were present in the strongroom in district for about three hours with a laptop and mobile phones, Singhdeo alleged.

Incidents of violations of security measures were reported in strongrooms of district and several other places in the state, the Congress claimed.

He demanded strict action against the BSF sub- and said the incident shows serious negligence in security at strongrooms.

Singhdeo said the and the should take serious cognisance of such incidents and initiate appropriate action after a probe.

Polling in was completed in two phases on November 12 and November 20 after which EVMs were moved to strongrooms at districts headquarters.

The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on December 11.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 23:10 IST