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Polling agent booked for spreading 'fake news' on EVMs

Press Trust of India  |  Muzaffarnagar (UP) 

A BSP agent at a polling booth here was booked allegedly for spreading "fake news" that the Machines were faulty and registering votes for the party candidates in favour of the BJP, officials said Friday.

The agent, Dhara Singh, was booked on the directives of the after he allegedly spread "fake news" that the EVM button against the BSP candidate's name and symbol, when pressed, resulted in votes to the BJP at the Kasoli polling centre in Bijnore Lok Sabha constituency here Thursday, they said.

told here Friday that during inquiry, the found the complaint's claim to be incorrect.

Subsequently, a case was registered against Singh under Indian Penal Code sections 171, 188 and 505 and provisions of The Representation of the People Act at station.

It is learnt that the BSP agent had told the media that the EVM was faulty at Kasoli polling booth.

The took a serious view of the complaint and ordered the to report to it regarding the incident.

Kasoli polling centre is in Miranpur assembly constituency which falls under the Bijnor Lok Sabha constituency in which were held in the first phase Thursday.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 19:00 IST