Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 7:
Bhubaneswar Sub-Collector Subrat Kumar Panda, with the help of Kharavel police officials, recovered around 200 voter ID cards belonging to people in Kakatapur, Brahamagiri and Puri constituencies in Odisha from a garbage dump besides Recreation Club of Municipal Colony under Kharavela Nagar police limits this afternoon.
The matter came to light after the former corporator of ward number- 43 in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Gurucharan Sahu informed the local police and the sub-Collector about the matter.
While the Election Commission of India has been urging all citizens to vote, there is gross apathy on the part of the officials to ensure that the voter ID cards reach the people they are meant for depriving them of the opportunity to cast their votes in the process, Sahu alleged.
The voter IDs are original ones as they have the holograms on them, he said blaming officials for their callous attitude in not providing them to the public. The carelessness would affect the election of the right candidates from their respective constituencies, he said, adding, this can also lead to misuse of voter IDs by other people during election time.
Sahu claimed that some local children had already collected around 200 more voter IDs of the aforesaid constituencies from the same spot before he arrived there.
Kharavela Nagar police are investigating the matter after registering a case.