Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka cried foul over the ‘relaxed’ security arrangements at strongrooms where electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being kept after the polls on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference, Phoolka alleged that the Election Commission procedures have been violated while making security arrangements at strongrooms and the EVMs are vulnerable to dangers owing to the present security provided by the district electoral officer in Jalandhar.
Phoolka, who took rounds of various strongrooms, stated that there is a three-tier security arrangement put in place as per the ECI guidelines.
“In the first tier, Punjab Police conducts checking of all the entry points to the strongroom. In second step, Punjab Police and Central Security Forces guard the venue and in last tier, only Central Forces are allowed to guard the sealed room,” he said.
When asked what he thinks was the reason of administration’s ‘relaxed’ attitude on security arrangements, the AAP leader did not give a direct reply.
“I don’t apprehend anything. It is up to you to see why the ECI guidelines are not being followed. I think it is because of a casual approach,” he said.
The leader, however, said no such procedures are being followed anywhere and strongrooms have been made in the offices from where public dealing is being done simultaneously.
“Common people are moving in rooms next door to the strongrooms and there is no proper checking. Even Central forces guarding the EVMs have told us that they have not seen such lackadaisical arrangements anywhere,” he said.
He said that the strong room of Kartarpur segment have been made in a room where the room next to it is being operated for public dealing of revenue department.
“What is going on ? We are filing another complaint in this regard to the ECI and I have personally complained to the district electoral officer Jalandhar who has assured me to stop all public dealings near the strongrooms,” said Phoolka.