Hundreds of voter identity cards were found in the garbage of the Zila Parishad School, outside the Tehsildar office in Murbad. It is suspected the voter IDs were dumped to avoid the hassle of delivering them to citizens.
Ganpat Pawar, deputy sarpanch of Sakhare village, said he saw school children playing with voter identity cards and asked them about it. “They told me that there were hundreds of these voter IDs lying in the Zila Parishan School, opposite the Tahsildar office. I visited the spot and was shocked to see voter identity cards thrown in the garbage.” He said inquiries about the school revealed that the structure had been declared dangerous, and hence had been closed for two years.
Murbad tehsildar Prashant Joshi said, “It is shocking that to avoid delivering them, somebody threw hundreds of these voter IDs in the garbage. As soon as I heard about it, I sent a team to seize all the cards. I have ordered an inquiry into the matter and the report is awaited. I will definitely take action against the officer as well as staff responsible for this.”
He said if the cards were misprinted or if these were extra copies, the IDs should be reported to the officers concerned and disposed of in a proper manner. “But in this case it seems as if someone has thrown the cards away just to avoid the hassle of delivering them,” he said.