Pune (Maharashtra)- In a powerful transfer, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered the instant suspension of three senior officers in reference to the theft of the Control Unit of an Electronic Voting Machine from a authorities workplace in Pune on February 3, officers stated right here on Wednesday.
The ECI has shot off a letter to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary ordering the suspension of the Sub-Divisional Officer, Tehsildar and Sub-Divisional Police Officer, and initiating disciplinary proceedings towards them.
The ECI has additionally demanded a proof from the District Election Officer and Superintendent of Police (Pune-Rural), for not adhering to the safety protocols laid down for such strongrooms.
The report must be submitted by Monday, February 12 to the ECI.
Earlier, after the stunning incident got here to gentle on Monday, the Pune Rural Police had positioned below suspension a police Constable posted there on responsibility for ‘negligence’ and a probe was launched by the Saswad Police.
The CU-EVM was stored within the safe storage of the Saswad Tehsildar’s workplace, the place a number of EVMs, numbering round 40, had been stored in separate carrying circumstances, and the theft got here to gentle solely when the places of work opened on Monday after the weekend.
After analyzing the CCTV footage, police stated there have been three unidentified suspects who had been seen carrying the CU-EVM unit together with some rolls of paper and election-related stationery late that night time, sparking considerations.
The police and Tehsildar’s workplace have confirmed that the stolen unit is a totally practical one, although used for demonstration functions to create consciousness among the many voters earlier than the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.