Voter cards found from Rajarhat field, probe ordered

The Election Commission of India today took serious note of the recovery of hundreds of Electronic Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) from Hatiyara of Rajarhat New Town area and has ordered District Magistrates of North 24 Parganas and Hooghly to make an inquiry and report to it very soon.

According to reports, a large number of EPICs were found today from a field which was being filled up by soil brought from elsewhere. As a truck full of soil brought from Singur in Hooghly district was unloaded at the sit, the cards were found inside the heap. Police were informed and the cards were seized.

"The CEO has told the DMs to make an inquiry and submit a report soon," N K Sahana, additional CEO today said.

He also said the EPICs might have been discarded ones dumped in the field. "According to an ECI order, the discarded voter cards should be cut into two and buried in the ground. It will have to be checked whether these were like those," Sahana further said. Home Secretary G D Gautama said he would look into the matter.

Meanwhile the Commission has planned to introduce the system of sending text messages through mobile phones from polling stations to sector offices in the forthcoming Assembly election. "Instead of sending hourly reports, the poll personnel will be sending hourly SMS to the sector offices," Sahana said.

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