Vikram Kumar Mehra, belonging to the 175th battalion of the Border Security Force, was removed from duty at the strongroom at Mandi after the Congress raised the issue of security of EVMs, they said.
Congress leaders late Tuesday evening raised objection over the alleged use of laptop computer by the BSF man at the strongroom following which local officials swung into action, Bemetara Collector Mahadev Kawre told PTI.
The laptop allegedly being used by Mehra was seized in front of representatives of political parties, he said, adding the sub-inspector was removed from security duty and another official 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 Bemetara district headquarters, he said.
Meanwhile, raising suspicion about the possibility of EVM hacking and tampering, the Congress 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 state government and administration in conducting a fair poll," said Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo of the Congress in a statement.
Use of electronic devices in and around strongrooms is banned, but such incidents have become frequent in the state, he said.
He demanded strict action against the BSF sub- inspector and said the incident shows serious negligence in security at strongrooms.
Polling in Chhattisgarh 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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