A polling officer who, during election duty, had signed more than 100 documents, and who received a remuneration of Rs. 1,100 for his work, was arrested by the police after a case was filed against him for being absent during those days.
Kishor Devate, agriculture officer, Panchyat Samit, Murbad, who is now out on bail, has complained to the State Election Commission demanding strong action against the returning officer and his staff who had filed a false complaint against him.
Devate said, “I was shocked when I got the call from the Central police station saying a case had been registered against me under IPC 188 (not obeying the government officer’s order). The charge was that I was absent and not obeyed the election returning officer’s order to work as a polling officer during the
Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation elections. I told the officer that I was present and had even been paid for it. Yet, I was told to visit the police station, where I was told that I would be arrested. The police took me to the Ulhasnagar court where I was granted bail.”
Devate said his family was disturbed by the incident. “I have written to the State Election Commission asking for strong action against the returning officer and his staff who have put my family and me through so much trouble.”
Ashok Rankhamb, the election returning officer and commissioner, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, said, “There has been a blunder committed on the part of the returning officer and his staff who had shown Divate as absent. I have written to Dr Sudhakar Jagtap (deputy commissioner, Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation), for a written explanation on the matter.