A senior official said the incident took place in Tulsabaria village in Uluberia North constituency and the four seized machines would not be used in today’s polls.
EVM-sized north of Uluberia. ANI
Uluberia: A senior official said on Tuesday that four EVMs and similar VVIPs were found at the home of a Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal’s Howrah district.
He said the incident took place in Tulsiberia village of Uluberia North assembly constituency. He said that after seeing the car with the sticker of the Election Commission, the villagers started protesting outside the TMC leader’s house in the early hours of the morning.
Then it was seen that Sector 1 officer Tapan Sarkar was going to the TMC leader’s house with EVM. He said the EVMs and VVIPs had been seized and the officer had been suspended.
“Four machines are not being used in today’s survey. We have asked the district election officer for a report,” he said.
The sector official claimed he arrived in the area too late and found the polling station closed, then decided to spend the night at his relative’s house, finding no “safe place” to stay.
A large contingent of central forces was deployed in the area, alleging abuse due to opposition from local people. The Block Development Officer (BDO) was cordoned off after reaching the spot to calm down the crowd.
BJP candidate Chiran Bera alleged that the incident was part of the TMC’s plan to snatch the election, a claim the ruling party denied.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “This is an old practice of TMC. It takes time to get rid of old habits. They have red on their hands and it shows what they are doing. “
Voting is underway in the area in the third phase of the election.