An FIR has been filed against a government official, Virendra Kumar who worked as an additional returning officer (ARO) in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections for allegedly handing out winning certificates to candidates who lost, according to a government official. On the basis of a complaint from Returning Officer Sunil Kumar, Virendra Kumar has been charged with cheating, forgery, and fraud, according to a senior police official.
Ravi Nishad, a candidate for district Panchayat ward number 60, and Kodai Nishad, a candidate for ward number 61, said they had won the election with over 2,000 votes after the votes were counted on Tuesday, but the administration refused to issue them a certificate. On Wednesday morning, Gopal Yadav for ward number 60 and Ramesh for ward number 61 received certificates of victory.
Supporters of Ravi Nishad and Kodai Nishad enraged by a poor decision staged a protest at Nai Bazar crossing, pelting stones and setting fire to a police post, according to the Press Trust of India. In connection with the destruction and arson of the police outpost, police have detained 18 people and filed four separate FIRs.
District Magistrate, Vijyendra Pandiyan took note of the incident and ordered the booths' votes to be matched, declaring Ravi Nishad and Kodai Nishad winners on Thursday. Vijyendra Pandiyan said, that an FIR has been filed against ARO Virendra Kumar and the State Election Commission will receive a letter recommending action against him.