Tahsildar suspended for entering room with poll records

Screengrab of party workers protesting outside the collector's residence

The election authorities on Sunday (April 21) ordered the suspension of a woman Tahsildar here for violating the election code by entering a storage room, where polling records were kept.

The suspension order was issued by the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo after a detailed inquiry was conducted into the incident. The inquiry was ordered following a complaint given by the CPI(M) candidate in Madurai Lok Sabha seat, S Venkatesan on Saturday (April 21),alleging that an unidentified person had entered the
strong room, where EVMs had been stored and taken a copy of some documents.

The person had spent two hours in the room, he said. However, the officials clarified that the suspended revenue official did notenter the strong room, where the EVMs were stored. Three-tier security system has been provided to the strong rooms, which are being monitored using CCTV cameras round-the-clock, they added.

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