Himansu Shekhar Rout

The raging controversy over the alleged EVM toppling at Kaunripatna booth in Khordha and subsequent arrest of MLA Prashant Jagdev took a new twist after a CCTV footage, claimed to be linked to the incident, surfaced on social media on Tuesday. 

In the video, Jagdev can be seen standing away from the EVM which toppled when some others were found milling around it.    

'Coterie group involved in the conspiracy against Jagdev"

Making the CCTV footage public, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi targeted the state government, alleging that Odisha’s power corridor, the third floor and the coterie group are involved in the conspiracy behind Prashant Jagdev’s arrest.

“Is the government scared of the popularity of Prashant Jagdev? I have got the CCTV footage of the booth. When I watched it, I was shocked. Prashant Jagdev has no role in the alleged EVM toppling,” she claimed. 

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Meanwhile, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Nikunja Bihari Dhal has ordered an investigation to ascertain the veracity of the CCTV footage linked to the Kaunripatna booth in Khordha. 

The District Election Officer has been asked to look into the video on social media and to submit a report immediately.   

Khordha SP Awinash Kumar said, "We have asked for the CCTV footage of the incident at the booth. We are inquiring about who were nearby at that time. After getting the CCTV footage, we will check who were there.”

SDPO was to execute the conspiracy: MLA's counsel

On the other hand, Prabhat Kumar Das, the counsel of the arrested MLA, said, "The FIR lodged against my client is a doctored one. It has been fabricated to put Jagdev behind bars. It is the sole intention. The SDPO was the person to execute the conspiracy.” 

However, BJD MP Sasmit Patra was steadfast on the allegation saying, "Prashant Jagdev broke the EVM, beat the polling agents and injured some people. Despite all this, the BJP leaders are coming out to protect Jagdev. On what moral grounds are they protecting him?”

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