Home News Reports Madurai: Security breach at Madurai Medical College, official enters EVM room illegally, reported to have taken documents

Madurai: Security breach at Madurai Medical College, official enters EVM room illegally, reported to have taken documents

What angered opposition candidates and people was the long delay in a response from the collector’s office despite having evidence, including CCTV footage, of the major security breach.

A protest erupted in Madurai, Tamil Nadu after reports of a major security breach at the Madurai Medical College campus came in public view. A woman Tehsildar along with three of her aides reportedly entered the counting centre of the Madurai Parliamentary constituency without security clearance to access poll-related documents which were kept in a room.

She allegedly stayed in the room for three and a half hours before allegedly taking out the documents.

The incident came to the forefront when a Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate, Su. Venkatesan was alerted that the officers allegedly entered the room illegally and took out documents for photocopying. The room contained voter turnout details and other poll-related documents submitted by Presiding Officers of all polling stations in the Madurai West Assembly segment.

- Ad - - article resumes -

According to sources, technically, the strongroom where the Electronic Voting Machines (EMVs) and Voter-verified Paper Audit Trail units are kept is out of bounds for officials.

However, soon candidates of other political parties, independents and their representatives began gathering in front of the Madurai Medical College and did not disperse unless District Election Officer S. Natarajan reached the spot.

Mr Venkatesan, who reviewed the CCTV footage with a few other candidates, confirmed that the Tahsildar and other officials entered the room around 3.15 pm, “She was accompanied by three male officers. Two of them took documents outside for photocopying and returned later. They were in the room till 6.15 pm,” he said. A lady police officer, who noticed them, detained them in the room for more than 40 minutes as she was unconvinced by their explanation. “Later, officials from the Collectorate arrived and convinced the police to release them,” he said.

He confirmed that out of the six rooms in which documents related to the six Assembly segments were kept, only the one related to Madurai West was unsealed.

K. David Annadurai, the AMMK candidate, said the breach raised serious doubts about the three-tier security mechanism. “The election officials should conduct a detailed inquiry to convince us that they were not favouring the ruling party,” he said.

“What angered opposition candidates and people was the long delay in a response from the collector’s office despite having evidence, including CCTV footage, of the major security breach. The complainants also cited evidence that the officer had taken out some documents from the building and taken photocopies outside. It had taken four hours for the district administration to finally reply,” a senior police officer, who was present there, said.

However, after objections were raised from all major opposition party candidates and cadres gathered outside the compound, the district collector and the officer in charge of elections, S Natarajan, ordered an inquiry and suspended the woman officer, Sambooranam.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

While the date of the recording is not clear, it can be inferred from above conversation that it took place sometime in July.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

Army veteran Surendra Poonia receives threats from Pakistan, files online complaint with cyber crime portal

Major Poonia shared screenshots of the threats he has been receiving as well as screenshot of message which said how an unknown number had threatened to character assassinate him and malign him.

Barkha Dutt’s strange coincidences with a Kashmiri who wished death upon PM Modi and Amit Shah

Idrees ul Haq, with whom Barkha Dutt had a series of ‘coincidences’ is a known separatist sympathiser
Google search shows images of Pakistan PM Imran Khan on search of Bhikari

Old controversy resurfaces: Google throws up images of Pakistan PM Imran Khan when searched for “Bhikari”

This controversy is, however, not new. In December 2018, a resolution had been submitted in Punjab Assembly, Pakistan to summon Google CEO and question him as to why Imran Khan's images show up when one searches for the word 'Bhikari'.

Deplorable ‘journalists’ further Pakistan propaganda and undermine India: Why should their patriotism not be questioned

Indian 'journalists' and 'intellectuals' have taken up the mantle of peddling the Pakistan narrative on Kashmir it appears.
Shah Faesal was reportedly planning to approach ICJ over India’s decision to abrogate Article 370

IAS-turned-politician Shah Faesal was travelling to file case against India in the ICJ over Kashmir issue: Report

Shah Faesal was nabbed at the New Delhi International Airport on August 14 when he was trying to leave the country, reportedly, to Turkey

Purported email screenshots of Kavita Krishnan’s team show them discussing use of retired judges and ex-military officers for Kashmir propaganda

Purported screenshots of internal emails of urban naxals are being circulated on social media

Here is why Shobhaa De could be first in a long list to be exposed by Pakistan

India’s stand on abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and dilution of Jammu and Kashmir from a state to a Union Territory has dropped the baby of pretence.

After the abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan Minister expresses angst over Rahul Gandhi not winning 2019 elections

After abrogation of Article 370 by the Modi government, Congress and Pakistan seem to have found an ideological soulmate in each other
PM Modi's debut on Man vs Wild becomes most viewed show worldwide with 3.6 billion impressions, leaving Super Bowl behind

PM Modi’s debut on Man vs Wild becomes most trending show worldwide with 3.6 billion impressions, leaving Super Bowl behind

The appearance of PM Modi on Discovery’s ‘Man vs Wild’ show with survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls has garnered 3.6 billion impressions and counting.
Shehla Rashid bats for Armed insurgency in Kashmir

Career-protester-turned-politician Shehla Rashid downplays terrorism in Kashmir, calls legitimate action by India ‘state terrorism’ instead

According to Shehla Rashid, India has been inflicting atrocities on Kashmiris since 1953
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

180,720FansLike
170,333FollowersFollow
89,211SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post