Video of ‘booth capturing’ in Faridabad leaves Election Commission red-faced, says one man arrested


The Election Commission on Monday said that it had arrested a polling agent from Faridabad after a video of ‘booth capturing’ went viral. In the video, a man was seen forcibly stopping a group of women from casting their votes. Instead, the man was seen forcing his will while pressing the button on the EVM.
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The video evoked angry reactions from activists and journalists with an overwhelming majority demanding the cancellation of polling even though no one had a clue about the polling booth in question.

On Monday, the national poll body confirmed the allegations of booth capturing and said that the District Electoral Officer of Faridabad had confirmed the arrest of the man, seen indulging in electoral malpractices in the video.

Quoting a statement from the Election Commission, news agency ANI reported, “DEO Faridabad has reported that a polling agent was arrested yesterday and FIR has been lodged. He was trying to effect at least three women voters. Observer visited the booth at Asawati in Prithla constituency of 10, Faridabad PC. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated.”

Delhi Commission for Women’s chief, Swati Maliwal, wrote, “This should be investigated! This man needs to be arrested!.” Maliwal’s husband and AAP leader, Naveen Jaihind is contesting from Faridabad.

Similar angry reaction poured ion from others:

While a red-faced Election Commission may have been forced to arrest the polling agent in question, many have been demanding a fresh poll here. It’s highly unlikely that the Election Commission will find the idea favourable.

This is the video that Election Commission doesn’t you to watch:-