CID to probe Ratabari EVM tampering case

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GUWAHATI, April 7: A two-member team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Assam Police will probe into alleged EVM tampering which took place at booth no. 149 of Indira MV School in Ratabari during the second phase of assembly elections on April 1.

The CID has been entrusted to probe into the administrative lapses which led to mismanagement of the EVM. The Election Commission (EC) has already ordered a repoll for the polling station in the Ratabari constituency after reports emerged of an EVM being transported in a private vehicle belonging to a BJP candidate.

Acknowledging a “violation of transport protocol,” the Commission, has said it has issued a show-cause notice to the presiding officer and also suspended him along with three other officers for the lapse.

A group of people intercepted a car in Karimganj district carrying an EVM used for voting in polling station 149 Indira M.V. School.

The car in which the polling party was transporting the EVM had broken down on its way to the strong room. The polling party, made up of the presiding officer and three other officers, then hitched a ride in a private vehicle without checking its ownership details.

The district magistrate has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into this matter.

“Yes, we have been contacted by CID officials. They have sought information from us regarding the April 1 incident,” said the officer-in-charge of Ratabari police station, Bholaram Teron.

The EVM machine was discovered from a Bolero vehicle registered in the name of Krishnendu’s wife — Madhumita Paul.

Sensing trouble, the poll officials, including two police constables, reportedly fled from the spot, sources said. Angry locals blocked the National Highway in protest.

A contingent of Ratabari police rushed to the site of the protest demonstration and tried to calm down the angry mob.

All these efforts failed and with a view to bringing the situation under control, police fired three rounds in the air. Finally, police had to resort to baton-charge.

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