Gwalior (MP): A man who had approached a Congress candidate from Bhind with a promise that he could hack Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to assure the latter’s win in the recently-held Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, has been detained, police said on Wednesday. Also Read - After Rajasthan, Congress Red Faced Again as Punjab CM at Loggerheads With Bajwa Over Recent Hooch Tragedy
PTI quoted City Superintendent of Police KM Goswami as saying that based on a complaint by Congress nominee from Bhind, Ramesh Dubey, police had detained Abhay Joshi on Tuesday. Also Read - Punjab Hooch Tragedy: SAD to Hold Symbolic Protest in Front of Sonia Gandhi's Residence on August 11
According to police, Dubey said he had received a call from one Ajay Singh of New Delhi, who claimed that Joshi, a software engineer, could help in hacking the EVMs. Also Read - Delhi Sexual Assault Case: BJP Claims 'Lawlessness', Congress Waves Black Flags Outside AIIMS
The Congress candidate told the police that he later received a call from Joshi, who was in Gwalior. Joshi told him that he could help turn the results in his favour.
Dubey asked Joshi to meet him in an area located under the jurisdiction of Gwalior police station and also tipped off the police on Tuesday.
But when Joshi saw the police team during his meeting with Dubey, he tried to escape from the spot. He was caught and police said they were still interrogating Joshi, who claimed to be a resident of Lucknow.
Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh were held on November 28. Counting of votes would be held on December 11 and the results would be out the same day.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India has confessed that CCTV cameras installed at strongroom in Bhopal, where EVMs were stored after voting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election concluded, faced a blackout for over an hour due to a power cut in the area. The admission came a day after a Congress delegation met the poll body to raise concerns over the security of EVMs across poll-bound MP and Chhattisgarh.
“A report obtained from the Bhopal Collector states that CCTV cameras and an LED display installed outside the strongroom did not function from 8.19 am to 9.35 am on 30.11.2018 due to a failure of electricity supply. Because of this, a recording could not be done during the given time period,” a statement released by the EC read.