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Bengal Poll officer sleeps at TMC leader's home with EVMs; suspended by EC

  • A Bengal poll officer, reportedly slept overnight with an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), at his relative's place, who happens to be a candidate of the Trinamool Congress and is contesting in the ongoing Bengal elections.

  • The Election Commission has suspended the above stated election officer and has also passed orders against using the particular EVM and VVPAT in polling.

  • Tapan Sarkar, the deputed officer for Howrah's Sector 17 in AC 177 Uluberia Uttar, had taken along with him a reserve EVM to his politician-relative's home. The EC has stated that charges of major punishment will be imposed on the officer. Charges will also be imposed on the police officials with the poll officer.

  • "This is a gross violation of Election Commission of India's instructions for which the Sector Officer has been suspended and charges will be framed for major punishment," the EC stated in it's statement.