TRS Polling Agent Poses for Photo Inside EVM Strongroom, Arrested

April 14: A Telangana Rashtra Samiti polling agent was arrested after he clicked his photos inside the strongroom with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after the first phase of polling in Telangana on April 11.

N Venkatesh, the polling agent of Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency candidate Marri Rajasekhar Reddy, was arrested on Saturday after photographs and video he shot without authorisation at the time of storing EVMs and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) gadgets in Bogaram’s Holy Mary College, went viral.

The police registered a case of criminal trespass and disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant against Venkatesh.

A case has been registered against the accused and he would be sent to judicial remand, an official said.

It is illegal to shoot inside a strongroom or a polling booth. Only election officials and policemen may be authorised to do that.

Marri Rajashekar Reddy, son-in-law of sitting lawmaker and minister Malla Reddy, won the seat in 2014 on a Telugu Desam Party ticket and later switched over to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) of K Chandrashekar Rao,is facing Congress leader A Revanth Reddy and the BJP’s senior leader N Ramchander Rao in Malkajgiri.

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