In Howrah, West Bengal, four EVMs and VVPATs units were discovered illegally stored at the house of a Trinamool Congress leader in. The circle officer, after he confessed his complicity in the illegal stowage, was suspended, a senior officer of the Election Commission said on Tuesday.
The incident reportedly happened in Tulsiberia village in the Uluberia Uttar assembly segment. Bystanders and neighbours spotted a vehicle with an Election Commission sticker outside the house of the TMC leader late in the night.
Upon raising the alarm, the local people started protesting. It was reported that the officer of sector 17 Tapan Sarkar was visiting the TMC leader’s house with the EVMs. The machines were seized and the circle officer was taken into custody.
A huge team of Central forces had to be deployed in the area as the locals protested, alleging malpractices. Even the Block Development Officer (BDO) was “gheraoed” when he had reached the spot to pacify the crowd.
Tapan Sarkar, the circle officer claimed that he reached the area very late and found the polling booth closed. After that he decided to spend the night at his relative’s residence, since there was no safe place to stay along with the EVMs. Locals have alleged that Tapan Sarkar’s association with the local TMC is well known.