Haryana: Truck With Empty Trunks Enters EVM Strong Room; Congress Workers Alert Officials, Police
Congress leaders suspect it to be an attempt to tamper with EVMs.
A truck laden with empty metal trunks, without proper permits, drove straight to the strong room set up at the Girls’ High School located at Bhodia Khera village in Fatehabad, Haryana on May 14 evening. Congress leaders suspect it to be an attempt to tamper with EVMs. Fatehabad falls in the Sirsa parliamentary constituency which voted in the sixth phase on May 12.
Narendra Madan reporting for Dainik Savera wrote that the truck was headed towards the strong room. Congress workers Naresh Sardana, Lalit Makhija, Bhimsen Narang and Rajesh Gandhi among others were present at the spot. After noticing the vehicle’s unusual movement, they informed Congress candidate Ashok Tanwar along with district election officer Dhirendra Khadgata.
When Khadgata and ACP Vijay Pratap Singh asked the driver to show the required permit to enter the election area, he couldn’t furnish any documents. Eventually, the truck was taken away from the strong room.
On further inquiry, it was discovered that the tehsildar, on instructions from the election officers, asked for the truck to be brought from Tohana. The metal trunks in the truck would have been used to house the EVMs.
The district election officer said that the workers on the ground have been made aware of the events. The empty metal trunks were reportedly sent back to avoid any misunderstanding.
The Congress leaders present at the scene have alleged that the security forces allowing the truck to enter the strong room, without proper permits, was a well thought out strategy. They have claimed that the plan was to switch EVMs, which failed due to the Congress’ quick reaction.
Tanwar said that three-layer protection is usually provided for EVMs by the authorities. He added that the Congress has asked their party workers to provide an additional fourth layer of protection in Fatehabad and Sirsa in order to ensure no untoward incident takes place.
The BJP has fielded bureaucrat-turned-politician Sunita Duggal against Tanwar, INLD candidate Charanjeet Singh Rori is the sitting MP.