BSF sub-inspector found using laptop outside EVM strongroom

Prima facie it was found the SI was using the laptop in the guardroom outside the strongroom. (Representational Image)

A BSF sub-inspector was allegedly found using a laptop computer outside a strongroom housing Electronic Voting Machines in Bemetara district of Chhattisgarh, officials said Wednesday. Vikram Kumar Mehra, belonging to the 175th battalion of the Border Security Force, was removed from duty at the strongroom at Mandi after the Congress raised the issue of security of EVMs, they said.

Congress leaders late Tuesday evening raised objection over the alleged use of laptop computer by the BSF man at the strongroom following which local officials swung into action, Bemetara Collector Mahadev Kawre told PTI.

The laptop allegedly being used by Mehra was seized in front of representatives of political parties, he said, adding the sub-inspector was removed from security duty and another official was posted in his place.

Prima facie it was found the SI was using the laptop in the guardroom outside the strongroom, he said.

The laptop and its contents were being checked by a team of officials, including technical experts, Kawre said, adding further action will be taken accordingly.

EVMs of three assembly constituencies — Bemetara, Nawagarh and Saja — were kept in the strongroom of Bemetara district headquarters, he said.

Meanwhile, raising suspicion about the possibility of EVM hacking and tampering, the Congress has alleged an attempt…

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