The MRA Marg police on Saturday arrested a man from Hyderabad for allegedly stealing and tampering with an electronic voting machine (EVM) from Mumbai, earlier this year.
The arrested person has been identified as Hari Krishna Prasad Murli Mohan Waimuru, who runs Netcom India Private Limited, a company in Hyderabad.
According to the police, in April, an EVM (E-131812) was stolen from godown number 21 in Old Customs House at Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort. A police complaint regarding this was registered by Idzes Kundan from the collector’s office.
The police said that on April 28, in a show on a private television channel in Hyderabad, Waimuru demonstrated that the EVM machine can be tampered with. Experts from foreign countries too participated in the show.
“Waimuru claimed that through tampering, voting and results can be affected and political parties can take advantage of this. The serial number of the EVM machine used by Waimuru revealed that the machine was the one stolen from the Old Customs House godown,” said an officer from MRA Marg police station, on condition of anonymity.
A police team was then sent to Hyderabad. The team visited the office of the TV channel at Banjara Hills. “On inquiring with the officials there, it was learnt that Waimuru brought the machine himself and the channel had nothing to do with it. It was also learnt that Waimuru had gone to Nashik earlier this year. He met a local leader and a social activist there who gave him the machine. Moreover, it came to light that a government official believed to be working in the Old Customs House had given the said machine to the local leader,” added official said.
Waimuru was arrested by the police from Hyderabad. He has been remanded in police custody till August 26. “We are investigating as to how the machine was stolen from here and it landed in Hyderabad. We are also investigating whether Waimuru is a whistle blower or has any vested interest in doing this act,” said the officer